Here are a few samples of the lovely, evocative poems:
When Lupita turns fifteen her mother tells her she is now a senorita:
"But for me, senorita meansSpanish words are splattered in to the poems are italicized:
melancolia: settling into sadness.
It is the end of wild laughter.
The end of chewing gum
and giggling over nothing with my friends at the movies, our feet up
on the backs of the theater seats."
En los Estados UnidosThe Mesquite tree comes to symbolize growth and a new direction:
I nibbled on school lunches
of fish sticks and macaroni
while my soul craved
the chocolaty gravy of mole
on a bed of Spanish rice.
...It isn't the beautyThis gem of a book reads very fast. It is a completely delightful book. I hope my "samples" tease you into reading this book.
that strikes me. I envy the mesquite
its undaunted spirit, its ability to turn
even a disabling pruning
into an unexpected opportunity
to veer in a different direction,
flourishing more profusely than before.