I only recognized your hair: short,
neatly combed. Our mother
would’ ve been proud.
In the Sonoran desert
your body became a slaughter-
house where faith and want were stunned,
hung upside down, gutted. We
to bring roses, to aim for the bush. Remember?
You tried to pork
a girl’ s armpit. In Border Patrol
jargon, the word
for border crossers is the same whether
they’ re alive or dead.
When I read his flesh fell
off the bones, my stomach rumbled,
watered. Yesterday, our mother said,
“My high heels are killing me.
Let’ s go back to the funeral.”
You were always
her favorite. Slow cooking a roast
melts the tough tissue between the muscle fibers;
tender meat remains.
Remember the time
I caught you pissing
on a dog? You turned
away from me. In the small of your back
I thought I saw a face.
broken nose. It was a mask.
I yanked it from your flesh.
I wear it often.