Chicano Poet

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Potato Eaters

for becky

They do not smell the oil lamp burning,
it does not make their eyes water,
the dust which fills the house

came from across the valley.
Outside, the stars
push on the roof with light.

The potato eaters huddle
in a hunger we can’t understand,
we don’t have the gut for it anymore.

The chairs are rough, uncomfortable perhaps,
table unsquare --- only the lamp
keeps the walls from crushing them, and us.


At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We forget that kind of hunger...but its taste never leaves us.

At 12:37 AM, Blogger RC said...

And,in the end,it's good that it never does.

At 7:32 PM, Blogger Igorevich said...

Reyes, this is a classic - out there past Lorca. Congratulations! Regards, Ivan


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