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Papayas

Bananas

Mangoes

Oranges

Lemons

Limes

No one is keeping time.

I’m resting in hammock and writing poems that rhyme.

Birds, Iguanas, and squirrels having fun in the garden.

Butterflies and bees visit often.

Angel trumpets

Bromeliads

Heliconias

Vines that climb up the coconut palm canopy.

Buddha Statues

Tranquility

Everyone

Happy

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Pain is still here.

Try to drown it with shots of whiskey and beer.

I light another cigarette while looking into the mirror.

Rules

Absolutely

Clear

Oral contract

Freedom

Overseas

Never

Fall in love

Three weeks in the same city was a long time.

Something happened that fucked up my mind.

Confusion

Everything now feels like an illusion.

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Single

Mother

Boy has no father.

She purchases very little fresh fruits and vegetables.

Mostly buys frozen and cans of food to save dollars.

Shares small apartment with another mother

Patch old car

Today

Repair

Radiator

Next Quarter

Starter

Always struggling to make sure bills are paid.

No free time and does not date.

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She calls herself a mutt.

Mix

Dutch

Portuguese

Amazon Indian

Black

Her broken English never holds her back.

Came from a dictatorship turned Socialist experiment when lawyers and dentists drove taxicabs.

Now lives in a country where the sky is the limit if one breaks their back.

She is an American.

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Half a Century ago

Different time

Different upbringing

The father

Hiking in the woods

With his young son

The boy

 Falling on the rocks

 Scraped his knee

 Started to cry

The father

After making sure that the boy’s knee was OK, looked his son in the eyes and said:

“Spit on it and continue on”

That day the boy started on the path to become a man.