An archaeologist, digging along migrant trails
in sand & caliche, uncovered (among
myriad objects) an evening dress,
pink hair curlers, a pair of high heel shoes.
He says on the radio that early immigrants
probably underestimated the arduous
nature of their journey ... as he
underestimates a woman's resolve
to be beautiful. Now he has prize money
stuffed in his prospector's pockets, enough
to pay for staff & further research. &
what of Our Lady of Evening Clothes?
I imagine she made it (to Tucson or maybe
Las Cruces) & dreams, as she works,
of her beautiful shoes dancing a sad tango.