Chicano Poet

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Sleepy Little Town

One of the first Mexican-American cops in this little town,
Joe Carrillo, was shot on Court Street,

near the intersection where the last horse-shoeing place
once stood.

They used to hang Negroes and Mexicans from that oak tree
by Central Park which now honors Juan Seguin.

Nearby, some asshole raped and killed
that young girl during Freedom Fiesta.

On Austin Street, some punks picked up mentally-handicapped Martin,
and sodomized him with a broomstick.

New arrivals carjacked an old white lady
in front of the public library on the right side town.

It’s a boring, sleepy little town
which only wakes up for nightmares.


At 3:07 PM, Blogger Jake said...

Man, I really like this one Rey. Yeah, smalltown America huh.

At 12:41 AM, Blogger RC said...

Thanks,Jake.The horse shoe shop was located on the hill and above the creek from the Church's Fried Chicken.A black man ran the business up to the late 1950's.Guadalupe Street did not connect to Court Street in those days,but came to a dead end near where the present day police station is located.Back then the fresh water springs were still alive and you could fish in that area or swim in the clear water.


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