Taking Turns at the Trash Compactor

The man, whose phrase translates
to my grammar if not my custom,
reassures me literally,

so I check it in his tongue in my head-
Está bien. 
Sí, está bien.

Our bodies speak our common ground-
You’re good, no worries, you’re welcome.
“It’s fine, it’s fine,” he says,

for his and my country
holds his and my turns of phrase-
His and my culture

is hallowed ground.
We are endless space.


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