Tes mots

Tes mots written by Alí Calderón
Translated from the Spanish by Olga Saldivar

Your words are the same
I know them all by heart
At the café
On the park bench
On my couch
Or in your living room
You talk about the new lipstick
From the Revlon collection
Of the fights with your cousin
And how the Mexican pink
Makes you look fat
I put up with all of it
Because I know that the real
Transcendental message
Gravitates
Toward the buttons
Of your slightly undone blouse.