Mota

Mota
By Matthew Dexter
Parked the car beside the beach
Kept the motor running
Flat bed truck full of camouflaged
marina soldiers
Machine guns in hand, they jump from the back.
I turn off the ignition, they head toward the beach
Wearing bulletproof vests, closer to the ocean I walk.
“You ready to jet ski?”
“No gracias.”
Mexicans dressed in white selling silver beneath the sun,
Marijuana, cocaine, and sunglasses.
I try them on, negotiate a lower price,
Shoot the breeze in Spanish.
The army has sat down underneath a palapa.
Three hundred pesos later, my pockets are greener.
There is no war on drugs; there is a war for drugs.
This is the end of the peninsula.

0 thoughts on “Mota

  1. Urban Dictionary:
    1. Mota: slang for Marijuana;
    “man, we’ve got some good mota tonight!”
    2. Mota: Weed; Mexican term for marijuana.
    “Hey paisas, wanna go buy some mota and get high?”
    About .com:
    Palapa: What is a Palapa?
    Answer: “A palapa is a thatched-roof, open-sided structure (see palapa photo). The material to cover the roof of a palapa typically consists of dried and woven palm-tree leaves. A palapa is sometimes referred to as a grass or tiki hut.
    The most common place to see a palapa is in the tropics, where a palapa provides shade and refuge from the hot sun.
    Palapas are constructed in a variety of sizes. Some resorts set up a bar or serve meals under a larger palapa; others devote the shaded area beneath the palapa to massage services.”
    This story poem took me for a loop. I didn’t expect its outcome– shocking yet smacking of truth: “There is no war on drugs; there is a war for drugs”–the world so many times chooses the avoid pain, seek pleasure route and confuses escapism for happiness…”Mexicans dressed in white selling silver beneath the sun, Marijuana, cocaine, and sunglasses.” –Great wordsmithing! Thx for sharing!

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