Chicano Poet

Friday, May 11, 2007

Flea Flicker

In the Seguin High School stadium
a black boy outruns all the white boys
into the end zone for a touchdown.

This is right after they integrated
the schools in Seguin.
The Mexicans around Seguin

had no football saavy,
or, at least, that’s what everyone
was led to believe.

Artemio had no talent
for any sports indeed, no talent whatsoever,
though sometimes his poems appeared in The Cricket.*

Yet, the two hundred pound defenders
were no match for him, the linebackers
stood stunned, their hands on their hips,

a dumb, puzzled look
on their stupid faces, thinking,
stinking Mexican sure has a way with words!

*Seguin High School student paper


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