Cabo San Lucas oozes Lilliputian wizardry. Futureless toddlers peddle trinkets to dipsomaniacal idiots donning lobster sunburns and sombreros. Obstinate parents ponder varicose bellies. Dwarfish angels orbit tourists. If you close your bloodshot eyes and tap your heels, behold stardust of sharks goading an obese surfer, family dreams falling from fronds, veins larger than No. 2 pencils, pupils pulsating like doomed flying saucers, scanning with the periscope perception of drunken parasailers sandwiched into a submarine booze cruise.
“One dollar please—for school.”
I treasure their garbage, the essence of wasted life, visceral messages of neglect written across the scum of my shadow.
Matthew Dexter writes abhorrent freelance pieces for exorbitant amounts of pesos to pay the bills while drinking cervezas in paradise with tourists. An American author living in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, his fiction has been published in hundreds of literary journals and dozens of anthologies. He wrote The Ritalin Orgy (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013). His second novel, Hero Custodian, will be published in 2019. Debut memoir and story collection forthcoming. He's the Lil Wayne of literature.