Chicano Poet

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

In His Old Age

In his old age
el ocho patas became allergic

to beans
he became allergic

to corn and flour tortillas
he broke out in hives

if he ate conchas
or any kind of sweet panochitas

or whatever it is
you call that stuff

peddled by Mexican bakeries
so in his old age

after his vieja left him
he was left with no alternative

but to eat gringo food
you know sandwiches

yes old age
made him allergic to being Mexican

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Boogaloo Down Fourth Street

Bitches, remember when el ocho patas
would boogaloo down Fourth Street

when it would send up
a cloud of gravel dust

before them white people
finally decided to pave it

el ocho would throw footballs
or toss baseballs up into outer space

to impress
that fucking Sepulveda girl

nigga, why did you waste your time
friends would tell el ocho patas

and here el ocho thought
that Fourth Street was paradise

el ocho was a swashbuckler
without a buckle or a swash

it's a whole lot easier
to boogaloo with eight goddamn feet

but it can also get you
in deep shit, ese

Saturday, April 23, 2016

For Granddaughter Shelby

She's eleven
and a little bit of heaven.

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Friday, April 15, 2016

I Sing The Body Electric

I sing the body electric
said el ocho patas

as he stuck his finger
into the light socket

you could see
his skeleton light up

and his hair
stood straight up

like wire
so he pulled his finger out

and then
stuck it back in

he sang the body electric
until the city

cut off his utilities
as is bound to happen

in a just
and free society

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Fugitive

He longed to be a fugitive
for what he'd done

pay the price
with his life

not with money
like the rich

he sought his crime
with wonder

like ants
drag down the sugar

and birds
lust after words

he dreamed of being on the run
while walking

but he was only guilty
of being innocent

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Poem By Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

Chapeau Tombeau

He spread his smut
In America
This little or-
nithological butt

But
Enough of this
I'll just take a piss


Seems to me he's talking 
about Trump