Writings from Aztlan Anahuak

Writings from Aztlan Anahuak

(for columbus & thanksgiving Day

& for abuelito Don Madaleno Ortiz)

 

1.

the days were not that long ago

the dark nights not that difficult

the suffering a relief from the ordinary

a deliberate toughened realization

the arterial blood coursing smoothly

red and bright as morning sunshine

 

atomic particle here I am talking

to myself  only the martyrs

will understand the survivors,

the bones warm in morning Sun

can no longer be held the skin

the texture the touch the courage

 

we serve these hostile lands

dry arroyo holy places a sense

of rain the wind busy themselves,

erase, re-create, erase the stories

told born so long ago so fragile

 

as iron ore is left overnight in the cold

the core freezes warm sunshine is slow

in reacting this is how I feel at the onset

of winter the thoughts of upcoming holidays

the homeless gather downtown for a share

of turkey and pie then we retreat into conclaves

of Coyote homesteads scratched in the sand

behind truck stops into the mountains under by-ducts

we shadow dance 18 wheeler I-40 night traffic sounds

howl loudly deep inside alone in the hard core night

 

2.

loco Coyote Dog Soldier the artist inside rebels-

 

we are festive chicharones dipped in jalapeno

tomato sauce a healthy serving of huevos rancheros

 

mellow fellow Jell-O

our saving light inside

can travel life speed

an immigrant I am

fortunate to be me

a history of family

 

fancy dancing

red man Xikano brown

yellow sunrise

black night light

we are all waiting too long

 

we want time to play

at justice and peace

free ice cream

democracy-

not necessarily

in that order

 

queremos

tierra

techo

trabajo

free tacos

for the hungry

 

way

we require

working class

medals for barrio bravery

in  E.LA   Chicago   Detroit

Albuquerque   San Antonio

Brownsville    Las Cruces y mas

we hallow barrio unity for our independence…. 

 

truchas

 

                                                                               aztatl X

                                                                           2010 / 2015

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