Chicano Poet

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Choche Botellas

When Henry was growing up
there was a character
in Papaloteville

whose name was Chevo,
he was mentally handicapped,
or as we called him back then, retarded.

Anyway, Chevo would walk
around the barrio
and come up to your door

to demand choche botellas,
which to him meant:
Hey, I’m collecting empty soda bottles

so I can sell them
and donate the money to the church.
He attended church every Sunday.

How many bottles he sold for God
only God himself
and the devil know.


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