Under the Lemon Tree

Hell breaks loose! Heartache, Jealousy, Lies, Pain Betrayal, Deception, and Suffering We all think that these concepts don’t have a place in our own Family sphere. We’d like to think so. But sometimes, all it takes to unearth negative feelings is a spark. And then all hell break loose! Andres takes us Through the story of a family Who after the death of the matriarch Figure who was holding them together starts to fall apart. While the road is long and rocky, could there be redemption at the end? Can each member remember what it is that makes a family, and get on the path of reconciliation?

DEDICATION
mathew 23:27
woe on to your scribes
and pharisees, hypocrites!
For ye are like unto whited sepulchers
which indeed appear beautiful outward but
are within full of dead men's bones
and of all uncleanness

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
positive influences
family and friends
who have always been by my side
preventing mictlantecahtli’s grasp
from taking me to mictlan, land of no smoke hole
by praying for the release of my soul or salvation

UNDER THE LEMON TREE
the lemontree surname
lovely, loving sisters in arms
fighting each other ridiculous reasons
using father's illness, an excuse for bloodshed
words are more dangerous, sharper than a knife, drawing blood

TLAMAMALLI
one who bears a burden
loving each other openly
respect i had learned from each and much more
together you fought battles for each other's life
let us bring peace to our family's name together again

CUALCAN
memories are special
cherish them always in my heart
family is forever and a day
our grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins
father, mother, sisters brother, nieces, and nephews

MELAHUAC
the perfect family
i grew up loved, as the firstborn
each aunt very different from the other
like a garden of dahlias each assorted color
all seven beautiful, honorable, independent

XOCOTL
xocotl a lemon
a quauitl is a tree
together, in nahuatl, lemon tree
my family's surname i honor and respect
sweet, bitter, energy, good mood, like a family

SENYELISTLI
it is a family
name in the aztec language
mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, and son
it is also our grandparents, grandchildren, aunt’s, and uncles
all inclusive, no exceptions, our blood, accept it

TLAKALIA
a misunderstanding
hate, disdain, cruelty, blood, pain
sisters fighting over inheritance
broken laws, arrests, lawyers, money, false statements
taking what is not ours, and creating animosity

MIHCATZINTLI
matriarch's lonely grave
sisters break as chocolate
grandmother would have not ever suspect
seven daughters' love gone awry with disrespect
no more teaching the importance of love of family

TAJTSIN
entertained by daughters
defending his favorite always
watching them fight for a plot, not theirs
sisters loyalties shift, showing favoritism
it is not his land alone, he only owns a small part

TLATOLYAOTL
the lemons of discord
talking ill about the sisters
blaming each other parent’s illness
who will watch grandfather? Everyone is busy
not common sense if you know better to work together

CAACIC
an unwarranted help
brought into a war by default
most kept out, no harm done, three stayed fighting
those with the ability to talk should hold tongue
sisters fight alone be fought, children need not to be involved

TENAMIKTLI
at patriarch’s death bed
sisters blaming each other
jealousies of all unfaithful husbands
cheating lovers, loyalty earned at gunpoint
too much money and dominance are not enough for them
ixhuiuhtli

RECONCILIATIONS
they forgive and accept again
sisters, brother, and cousins are reunited
preparing weekly dinners is a tradition
our youth will one day run the world with love not hate

CONNEQUIZ
i do wish this should be
family closes boundaries
cousins met, present spouses and children
sisters with loose morals stop calling faithful whores
taking a closer look at tails to see how clean they are

SENYELISKAYOTL
it means family
to meet again, or the first time
from across borders to local cities
together again for one special evening
honoring my grandmother's last dying wish to break bread

AMATLAKUILOK
the author of this book
andres fragoso, jr.
Son, nephew, cousin, brother, uncle
family unity is essential to him
why must relatives fight amongst each other, and not love?

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My Cowboy

My Cowboy

A cowboy walks before me. Is that Jake? He looks like Jake. What kind of car is he driving? The same walk. Why do cowboys wear skin-tight jeans? His cowboy shirt loose not tight and stretched on his toned frame. He used to favor dark colors, now wearing a light blue shirt. His short, blond hair? Should it be gray by now? It seems like the last twenty years have not changed him. What kind of woman would put up with him? Does he beat her up, or does he respect her because she is a woman?

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My Father Cringes When He Sees Kyle Hold My Hand

My Father Cringes When He Sees Kyle Hold My Hand

Barefoot I stand over the edge of the pool. Water swells beneath waiting for my soul. I look ahead. My father cringes when he sees Kyle hold my hand. What is my father doing here? He places his hands in a circle around his mouth and screams. I’m sure he’s calling my name. “Jake.” I can’t hear him through the cacophony of the crowd. He runs towards me.

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30 Days of Passion

Thirty Days of Passion

I light my fifth cigarette of the morning and smoke into the cool February air.  Taking a sip of my coffee I greet the apartment worker below my balcony as he picks up cigarette butts. “Sorry about that. I told him not to.” I wink at the cute Mexican guy. “You’re new?”

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Radiology

Radiology

Franklin sits on the table in the examination room.

“I’m Dr. Rontgen.” Dr. Rontgen stood up and fixed his stethoscope on Franklin to hear his heartbeat. “What seems to be the problem?”

“I think I’m having a heart attack.”

“What makes you say that?”

“My chest hurts, my arm goes numb, I can’t breathe and I can’t move. I almost had a car accident driving here.”

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Fortnight on a Flower Bed

Fortnight on a Flower Bed

I ran through the garden searching for my man, me Jose. Who was taken from me without someone asking me first if I would agree to his absence? I had just found him among the cacti, weeds, and the brown grass of the desert. And I ran fast towards him. A voice yelled, “Stop!” I froze on my steps and fell to the grass.

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The Knock

The Knock

Finally. I’m home. It’s been a long day and all I want is to get some rest. Order some Chinese food, I don’t feel like eating Mexican leftovers. Drink some Merlot to help me relax. Watch a rented movie.

I hear a knock on the door. Man! Let me get my coat off and my shoes before you knock on my door.

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Writer's Block

Writer’s Block

Nigel Seagull sat at his desk. His old typewriter sat silent underneath his trembling fingers. He had not typed a word in three weeks. Nigel a reliable writer, always finished his books before their deadline. Now he had writer’s block. He did not know how to start novel number ten in the series.

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The Regret

The Regret

Aroon sat up from the love nest of soft leaves. “Dugan, do you feel any regret over the changes we made?” He covered his shoulders with his hands, feeling a cold shiver shoot across his naked back.

“I do feel regret.” Dugan closed the distance to warm Aroon with his own body. “We should have known better than to make these changes.”

“Is it because we are men and are limited to what we can do?”

“No, it’s not that. Even as a man, I still love you.”

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