and the boy
the daughter just
they found the boy in time to save him. many years
from now someone will tell him the awful truth of
all that was lost. the bruises on their backs.
shoulders. waists. how two women. mother. sister.
carried him. gave him their water. on that day he
will learn all there is to know of brown and gold
Copyright © 2022 by Joaquín Zihuatanejo. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 1, 2022, by the Academy of American Poets.