- Vol. 04
- Chapter 11
Waiting for the Wall-Builders
Unhurried, the evening exhales.
Cool breath extinguishing light, subduing hues to make night.
Prickly pears dim their shine and darken their juice. Ruby fruits wait in shade like puckered lips.
Wife sinks, knees tucked, crouches weary, arms heavy. Chin dips, skin raw, tear trails puckered, eyes sore.
She slips into an empty calm. The breezeblocks are warm.
And hunched near, a stout package of Mexican is cached in a target as red as his hot blood. His face is a polished coffee bean, his nose chiselled and planed by ancestry. They hate him for it.
His hat catches rain and keeps the blaze at bay; it looks like brown paper or dry bread.
Waiting for the Wall-BuildersHe wishes it was the lid to a jar and he was a jalapeno. If he ducked down… nearly.
Lumpy as a swaddled, knuckled fist, he is bunched for fear, not fight, and hugs himself, not his wife.
He listens. He hears. His eyes are wary.
They are near.