The Mango Man

The wrinkled old hand of the mango man

Trembles as he reaches for pesos.

Pesos you have given.

Pennies on the dollar you’d pay in America.

 

Pennies on the dollar you’d pay

Against a grey sky

Blacktop parking lot backdrop

In a supermarket for a mango in America.

 

The trembling old hand of the mango man

Slips pesos in a polyester pocket.

Pesos you have given

Pennies on your dollar in America.

 

Pennies on the dollar in the Yucatan

Buy suntans and white sand beaches

Against flowered shirts and Bermuda shorts

Or rice and beans for the mango man

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