The Dream of the Just

Next to the fourteen excellent reasons
to make February the month of love,
which serve to advertise the best mattresses
for double beds, queen or king size
I read, just as in the heyday
of Colonialism:

"The soldiers ask the indigenous
people to transport them on horses;
if there aren't any, they force them
to carry them on their backs."

From Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women, edited and translated by Jen Hofer, © 2003. Used by permission of the University of Pittsburgh Press. All rights reserved.