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EIGHTEEN-DOLLAR TAXI TRIP TO TIZAPAN AND BACK TO CHAPALA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A taxi driver / with a good life
Last Line: Upstairs over a bodega
Subject(s): Taxis; Mexico


A taxi driver
with a good life
who has four children,
a pregnant wife,
and who lives in
Guadalajara,
drives us --
(with his radio going
cha cha cha
for these gringos)
on the road laid out
and up and around
and down the side of
Lake Chapala to Tizapan.
Up ahead, three burros
move nervously
out of the road
as we swish by.
I remember all we saw.
Gringos going into a storm
that soon ends
to consider a room
(as it turns out)
filled with straw
upstairs over a bodega.


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