POSTCARDS FROM CUBA: the best stocked supermarket in Havana

For Valerie, who knows where to buy happy pigs and who understands the joy of having half a cow in the freezer.


Caption: the meat would be here. I think?


Caption: The pig is always here.


Caption: But we don’t starve.




The best stocked supermarket in Havana.
There are always olives; twice, jam.
Nobody ever buys the pig; frostbitten,
I think it is only there for show.

Coming next: I don’t want to spoil it, but there might be skating involved.


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