The Grocery Store Across the Tex-Mex Border (Poem No.6)

En Seattle, en el estado de Washington,
there was a kindergarten where Señora Mila’s granddaughter went
Sra. Mila was one of the few loyal customers
who used to wait for my mother to open the store so they could chat.
Mini Súper Las Fresas was famous at that kindergarten in Seatle.

One of the teachers,
who came to Juárez for an appointment at the U.S. Consulate
le dijo que la pequeña hablaba de el mini súper Las Fresas
como si fuera un paraíso de dulces.
And she said that
among children there is a rumor
about a grocery shop across the Tex-Mex border
where you can get all the candy you want.

Children started saying they wanted to go to Ciudad Juárez
a una tienda que se llamaba Las Fresas
for the paradise of unlimited free candies.
What they did not know is that
Mrs. Mila paid for all the candy for her granddaughter,
the one who had emigrated to the United States.


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