By Fernando Esteban Flores


Mother’s ‘53 Plymouth

seemed like the Mayflower


in an ocean of caliche dust

& clay like rusty sand


Hulking across Texas roads

Two lanes to Laredo


South to the border

Down Mexico way


2,000 lbs of solid gray steel

Steering wheel as big


as a tractor’s

Inside wide as a tank


Mother shifting gears at 5 a.m.

on black-top highway


Gripping the chrome hoop

with all her might


Gritting her fist for a smooth

Ride with Burma Shave signs


dotting the 3-hour drive

marking cactus & cattle


to make good time.

We knew we were close


when Mexican radio

stole the show


Todo en barata

Precios de ganga


Everything for sale

Price tags hung on air


Reverb raving djs

Pitchmen sealing deals


Charming you al otro lado – the other side

With dollar-saving steals


Amá pouring café

Into a Thermos cup


Brother & I peeling

Tacos wrapped in foil.


We knew we were near

When the Border Town drive-in


Came through like the Rock of

Gibraltar out of a dense fog


& Mother sighed in gratitude

We’re here.




Fernando Esteban Flores is a native son of Tejas, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has taught writing at various San Antonio secondary schools.

He was selected as Teacher of the Year three times (twice at SSAIS D, Dwight Middle School-1992/2002 and Robert C. Zamora Middle School-2008, SSAISD) and South San Antonio Independent School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2008.  He was also a candidate for Trinity University’s Prize for Excellency in Teaching 2008.   In addition, he received 2 ExCEL awards for excellence in teaching from KENS 5-TV. 

Fernando is the founder of a group of eclectic seasoned and emerging poets, Voces Cósmicas who have been promoting poetry, art, and music at different venues throughout San Antonio since 2012.


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