Chicano Poet

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


I had a friend pull the language knife
out of my back

only to have him confess
that he himself had put it there

to this day the stab wound keeps bleeding
not as bad now as before

but when it does stop oozing
my friend picks at the scab

and reaches for the language knife
just in case it’s needed once again.


At 4:50 AM, Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

Nice imagery - well maybe not 'nice' but you know what I mean. I'm curious, why you didn't simply call it 'Language' - why 'Lengua'?

At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Que lengua! Good image. Easily accessible by nosotros en el Southwest
Perhaps - next time- translate any word that isn't English. Makes it easier to understand, but of course lengua is a latin root and language has that in its root.

Pues, I think that is how it is. Anyhow let me ramble. From knowing Spanish I was able to read French, Italian, Portuguese and after awhile started to understand German and guess what after that I started seeing familiar root words in Sanskrit. Language and world history are intricately tied together. That was eons ago. Today do not ask me about reading in this other languages. I am Southwestcentric. Anyhow that is my ramble. I am just a viejita who throws out language; que lengua!

Esmeralda Bernal

At 12:15 AM, Blogger RC said...

Jim,as you can tell by reading Esmeralda's comment,Lengua in this context can mean either language or tongue, ie stabbed in the back by two-faced people which in the end is (at one time or another) all of us--- with a few exceptions of course.

And thank you both for your comments.


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