NACO POWER (For The War on Both Sides)

NACO POWER

I'm at a club
called La Plaza
She’s still alive and holding it down
on La Brea

Cross street
Melrose in Hollywood

Maybe you know it?

Tonight
there is so much jotería here
Naturally you sometimes forget
the women of invention, rehearsing
lyrics, songs of betrayal, the kind you hear
Paquita wail in the songs that have made
her the grand dame
of vengeance

Doors open
Here comes the
Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.

Start the show
see the arc of golden feathers
glow under a
mirrored globe
I arrive with my best friend
Mari, the bachelor looking for the loosest of long hair

Her aggressive braids
Female Male thickness
Dressed in football jersey
going long all night

My friend so naca
So naca my friend
She’s got the

Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.

We see a girl
with hair the color of carrots
She wears gold chains
And amulets
she’s only nineteen

Her name we’re told is Viri
Viri
Viri
Viri, Viridiana
She wears her name on a thick platinum bracelet
in case we forget

I smiled weakly
But I’m here because I support you, Marí
We have
Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.
between the two of us

Two weeks later
Mari told me
I got stood up
Viri wouldn’t leave her house

I could see her at the window inside
an enormous house in the middle of a barrio
in southeast Los Angeles

You dodged a bullet, my friend,
my friend, you dodged a bullet

Two hours spent waiting
I wanted to
you-know-what but the little girl had an uncle
and her uncle had a package for her
She said she felt bad

Packages
packets waiting for her
long story these packages

I don’t even know where to start

Surprises
filled with
Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.
Naco power.