One woman asks what I need, meaning what would cause me to open my purse. I think of the long list of intangibles I crave. She asks, what colors would sell better?
Another spreads all of her pieces on my small table, looks into my face, pleading only ten pesos.
Spatulas and shoe shines
Perfume samples, candy apples
Made by hand:
Tablecloths and placemats
Heaps of blouses and shawls
For your nieces:
Wooden chickens pecking
Nieves and palomitas
Pork rinds and chips of all kinds
While you wait:
The word of god in English and Spanish
The chance to help a hungry man with a bamboo cane
A flower wreath to wear in your hair
A portrait of you and your lover right here, right now
Is this my education for learning to say no?