Sunday Poem

What It Was Like

If you want to know what
it was like, I'll tell you
what my tío told me:
There was a truck driver,
Antonio, who could handle a
rig as easily in reverse as
anybody else straight ahead:

Too bad me's a Mexican was
what my tío said the
Anglos had to say
about that.

Where do you begin if
you begin with if
you're too good
it's too bad?

by Leroy Quintana
from El Coro
University of Massachusetts Press, 1997