ah mulato tu dedo

ah mulato tu dedo


dónde lo dejaste

enredado en qué helice en qué fauce

quién lo conserva de recuerdo en un frasquito de cristal

quién lo usa para carnada con qué pescar tiburones

quién lo apoya en su barbilla para otear pelícanos y


acaso, mulato

fue alimento de alguien que se moría de miedo en una


vadeando algún río

trepando alguna verja

cruzando algún desierto

para cambiar de identidad.

lo tiene acaso algún niñito moribundo que quiso

respirar por tu piel

mientras caía al fondo

—mantarraya de sal

las aguas andaban vivas por tu dedo.

las aguas ardían de huellas dactilar


quién te besó el dedo de cuajo

quién te lo arrancó tierno . . .

los guardacostas te levantaron casi ahogado

para meterte en el corral

y el documento ausente de tu dedo te traiciona


quién te toma huella ahora mulato


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