They made their way
through the terrain,
over the border.
two lives turned into ten
on a path from
Texas to Michigan
and back again.
Women known for their fierce independence
(some more than others),
stubbornness and street smarts.
Men known more for a lack of morals,
coddled in the way of the old country
that does not translate in the new world.
As the family expands, the ties weaken
then disintegrate with the matriarch.
A peculiar family,
on so many different paths,
yet they unite when flesh turns cold.
The family that buries together
quickly separate when the casket drops.
Written by Anjelica N. Ruiz