brujeria

sitting with a small group

in the library Spanish class

hot inside on a cold day outdoors

& the demon walks by

while nobody notices

their heads hypnotically drop

a young woman carrying a bundle

like a baby on hip supported

but in those arms is a black mask of hate

red staring demotic eyes

bright white teeth ready to snap

thinking is this how madness comes?

then I smell her thick cloying perfume

hints of formaldehyde

there to cloak the smell of dead

& I know somebody here

in this group wishes one of us unwell

who is the bruja or brujo practicing on?

& it is time to cast the protection spell

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