Un Espinela to a White Friend 

when you ask I know you mean well
but I know how to grind elote
been at it longer than Quixote
I know what’s served at Taco Bell

“not Mexican at Taco Bell”
obvio but that’s not why I’m there
you do like molé if I’m fair
you like real Mexican yes
but it is food for me I stress
es mi cultura I’m aware

J. Villanueva is a Chicano writer/poet from deep south Texas. When he is not agonizing in front of his computer, he is building and riding his motorcycles. Currently, J. has words featured or forthcoming on Alebrijes Review, The Indianapolis Review, and Gutslut Press. He is currently an MFA student at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. You can follow him on Twitter @Jay_theaztec

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