Because we both knew we needed some time alone
armed with the excuse
that so you don’t lose
your balance in the heat
and it was too hot for the baby’s feet
that I should carry him
In effect walk you to your car
And it wasn’t all that far.

But it was far where I was headed
And we knew each other dreaded
A journey without each other

In that state of mind you said,
“I want to give you something
it’s something special to me.”
So that it can protect you
and from harm keep you free.”

It was a little Virgencita
You were wearing at the time
and so that I’d be safe
for this trip it would be mine.

The unmentioned “Please come back”
The unheard promise “Yes I will”
All of it exchanged
in a hug where time stood still

And the little Virgencita is on my neck now.