Weekly Poem: Midwest Ranchera

July 16, 2014

Voices, Art / Culture, Poetry

Thursdays, the devil danced at the Black Saddle, cloven
hooves tracking dust for later evidence. He drove a black

Mercury with suicide doors and flames flickering the fins.
Sometimes he slid from the door with his tail forking long

and taut to the floor. Hot-tongued, he would say, Do you
want to touch it? And who didn’t want to touch that tail?

Black-feathered, hypnotic, a winged serpent moving in time
to the accordion. He would quote from the Bible, his face

crackling with love or fever, luminescent in the Kansas night.
He would slip his arms around hips, hook the tail over

a bare shoulder, and we all knew then there were things more
important than salvation. In his arms, the plain girls became

beautiful. Every man wants to win a woman from the devil.
Her eyes were embers when she followed him out the door,

leaving us glittering and restless with envy, cicadas singing in the heat.


(Photo by Keoni Cabral)

This piece was written by:

Felecia Caton Garcia's photo

Felecia Caton Garcia

Felecia Caton Garcia is the author of a chapbook, Pos orale!, and currently teaches writing and cultural studies at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. Her book, Say That, is available at UNM Press.

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