The Pharmacy on Reforma (Puebla, Mexico)

(Listen to the poem here)

“This,” says the pharmacist reading
the label, “is good for eyesight,
indigestion, back ache,
the liver, children and old age.
Or,” she adds, reading my face, “else
we have
three tubes of toothpaste
for the price of one.”

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(This poem is included in my book The Observation Car which is available from

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