Maria was on her parent’s balcony
--before the sun raising, well tucked in her covers—
ready to take a pick of the market women,
of the pescadoras
that she knew where coming. 

Maria was never disappointed, they always came. 
In the dark, with kerosene lanterns that she could feel before she saw them... the kerosene filled the air and gave a hint of the women coming. 

Maria was hidden in wool covers,
not only from the Ocean cold breeze but also from the women...
she was there as a presence,
she was there to witness their being and their taking over the Malecon...
in the darkness precedent the dawn
the women were there 

The group of women with loud voices
explosive guffaw
using the most irreverent jargon
Maria never
was exposed to...

She couldn’t risk showing her presence
Maria was dying to see them in such a burst of life...
all together,
the kerosene smell,
the darkness,
the laughs,
the cursing,
the songs....
everything was as magic as in the cuentos de hadas,
the dwarfs
the North Pole...

This was even better,
Maria was there,
in the middle of the women,
surrounded by the pescadoras

And the sun arise
and she started to pack
she made a bulto
took her wool covers
and sneak back into her room,
she didn’t want her parents to weak up,
they had this crazy idea that people needs to sleep on their beds...
they had no understanding of how much fun was to stay up,
in their balcony....
having a life
having a burst
with the pescadoras
with the women in the malecon
Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto is a faculty member at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Educational Policies for Linguistic Minorities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto's writing as well as her academic research departs from identifying herself as a woman of color, a Borderlands Mestiza, and a non-mainstream person in the US. From that perspective, she explores the construction and transmission of knowledge. Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto is a veteran teacher, she has taught in urban and rural settings, in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto is an avid ethnographer who uses narrative inquiry, photography, and poetry as tools to learn and communicate. Currently, she is working in two projects, a Poetry Collection, "Finding Home in Memory: Stories of Immigration, Diaspora, and Dis/location” and, she is conducting research on the USA/Mexico border

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