Near and Removed

I can't identify
conjunto,
reggaeton,
bolero -

but I can feel the beat
of a Mexican bass run,
drumming from my neighbor's garage,
rhythmically calling me
down the front steps,
waving me across the lawn
mending walls and shaking hands
crippled by a stroke
but not shaken by strife.

Our new home
blessed by the language
of neighbors near and removed.

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