In Williamsburg, Before the Whiteys Moved In, Part 1

by Raul Chuletas

WAY back in the barrio
we had so many roaches
the roaches was like family
When my cousin Flan told me
they could live for a whole month
off this here drop of water
I put some 151
in there, Popi's Bacardi.
Then from inside them thin walls
we heard this tinny salsa.
They was dancing all night long.
The next day, half them roaches
was pregnant, and all the males
musta been sleeping it off.

(Previously published in 11211 Magazine.)

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