Olvera Street

First published in
Prune Juice 34, July 2021. Originally written while visiting Olvera Street in Los Angeles, California, on 21 February 2010.

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Oleg Kagan

crying baby—
the Mariachi band
stops to tune                                                                     Michael

        a mother hissing
        “no tocar”                                                                   Oleg

gaudy ukuleles
hanging with the chilies—
first drops of rain                                                             Michael

hushed voices—
painted skulls
in the candleshop                                                            Oleg

        the slap of tortillas
        as we count our cash                                              Michael

Sepulvida’s window—
in the evening rush
a siren                                                                                   Oleg