how to read a fortune cookie

they found an ancient Chinese restaurant
in the buried Mayan city
Noodle Moon of the Golden Lion Café
built and deserted centuries
before Columbus scratched his first flea bite it
was a dark place near a Nahuatl court where
high priests ordered Kung Pao Ming Har and
sipped their cacao dreaming of alien spacecraft

erect temple cities and abandon them
construct your pyramids of righteous stone
Venus smiles upon your war
there is a conquistador in your future

the cookies came with the
cheque in Mesoamerica
placed on a plate the
ambivalent waiter dropped
upon your table as he sauntered lazily by

enter the forest as you would a friend’s home
you will overcome the trials of the underworld
linger not in the River of Scorpions