Chicano Poet

Monday, April 26, 2010

Raza Cosmica

(thanks to Lillian T. for suggesting
the title)

My ancestors came from Aztlān,
not from the Rift Valley.

My ancestors were not silverbacks.
My ancestors were jaguar jugglers.

Lucy is your incomplete past,
not mine.

The Neanderthals were your dead end,
not mine.

My ancestors didn’t crawl from the sea,
they always walked upright.

My ancestors came from Aztlān.
Cabrones, yours did not!


At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anisa said...

favorite image: jaguar jugglers

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Lillian said...

This is an amazing poem, treating myth as history. I like its confrontive style


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