Chicano Poet

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Elegy For An Aztec Angel

Death is for the birds,
said Salinas to Salinas.

He spoke this of himself:
crazy as a loon,

sacrificial like Aztecas,
women’s breasts he always cherished,

and don’t forget the drink.
Death is for the birds he said,

and the birds sang in his honor,
“death is for salinas,death is for salinas" *

Salinas found it funny, shut his eyes,
and took wing into the darkening skies.


*(Birds don't capitalize.)

5 Comments:

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous anisa said...

I'm going to add this tomorrow, if ok? beautiful elegy. beautiful magical images.

are you working on a book right now?

 
At 12:08 PM, Blogger RC said...

Yes,you may use this poem.And,yes,I'm putting together my Collected Poems.I'm in the processing of selecting them.

 
At 10:52 AM, Anonymous anisa said...

excellent.

I love the simplistic form, but heaviness, of your poetry.

re: I WAS NEVER A MILITANT CHICANO
favorite line:
I've always wanted/ more than a revolution/ can provide

Who's publishing your collection?

 
At 10:56 AM, Anonymous anisa said...

can I ask why you have
*(Birds don’t capitalize.)
down at the bottom? Is that just a writer's note to himself?

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger RC said...

Actually,it's part of the poem.Adding an extra dimension,that out of body experience---in this poem,used to make death ok.

 

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