Chicano Poet

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

El Barrio Zero

La Virgen de San Juan
had lost her head.

The Coke machine
crushed the gringo Sheriff.

His deputies would not
turn in their badges.

The barrio hovered
like a soiled pigeon.

The defeated eyes
of poor children

burst like burnt beans.
The pot discarded.

Not even Jesucristo
unzipped his pants to pee.

The barrio
did not deserve to live.


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