Your Last Peso

When your last peso has gone
the cantina will no longer welcome you,
when your last peso has gone
your hunger will return,
when your last peso has gone
your child will fall ill,
when your last peso has gone
your car will not start,
when your last peso has gone
the politician will no longer listen to you,
when your last peso has gone
the priest will no longer care for your soul,
when your last peso has gone
there will be no woman to comfort you,
when your last peso has gone
the only welcome you will receive
will be that of the pauper’s grave
and its disinterested embrace,

when your last peso has gone…

( one of my early performance pieces circa July 1999)

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