“Dancing Waitress at Midnight” used by permission of the artist, Joy Deeann Carson.

A shout from the kitchen
And the doors swing wide
A tango
A dance of waiter and waitress
camarero y camarera
Trays aloft
Each step a mirror
A scherzo of joy
And the music plays

The parrot cries
And screams of anger
From a child fall
To whorls of laughter
To china against china
And clapping
Ice and cola
Cantina Corona
And the music plays

Forks keep time
Enchilada
Empanada
Tamal
And the surprise of tortillas
Thick and rich with masa
Queso docil moderado
And salsa picante

And in the shadows
Of the sage
A shout from the kitchen
And the doors swing wide
Steaming trays
And smiling faces
Trumpets
And it seems to me
Polka Mexicali
En quiero polka
And the beat corisco
Forks and spoons
And plates and saucers
Aroz and frijoiles
And hands together in the chips

In the shadow of the sage
Our fingers touch
And the music plays