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Ode to My Mojo

Hey Mojo!

Mojo is also a marinating sauce made from naranja agria and other spices.

Hey Mojo!

Where’d you go?

I didn’t realize you were gone until 

I noticed I had lost the spring in my step.

I was knocking myself against walls. 

I was tripping over the dog.

I was petting myself.

I was alone in a room

with no music and only

an Edward Hopper

painting staring back at me.


I was an L.A. woman stuck in the Midwest.

I was a Cuban woman without angry oranges. 

I was a poet watching my words escape me.

I was a painter without cerulean.

I was a photographer without Kodachrome.


Mojo you left me when I walked out the door

on my husband as my cocker spaniel barked

in the backyard carrying only my baby 

and a diaper bag.


Hey police!

You have reached the Miami police department. 

I left my husband. He was violent.

Where are you?

I walked ten blocks to the nearest grocery store. 

I am waiting here and not sure what to do.

We are sending a car over.


Hey Mojo!

Where’d you go?

I want you in my pollo.

I want you in my tostones.

I want you in my frijoles.

I want to pour my mojo into a bottle 

and take you wherever I go.


Hey Mojo!

You eat it.

You eat everything. 

Hey Mojo!

You like it!

You really like it!


Life is a cereal Mojo.

Don’t you know?

It is packaged nicely in a rectangular box 

with sometimes a surprise inside.

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