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June 1, 2008

all over
all over the world
ixtoc speaks of the elder bones
perhaps of the first human race
and its brethren giants
plants and animals
“b some body and speak forth”
the hummingbird hummed
and the world listened
as houston’s shores gazed
in awe
to the spill
and el paso
witnessed the exodus and the pride
and the perseverance in labor
in the production of wealth
with limited
the people choose to stay
and pay taxes
driving junkyards off
out of the barrio’s borders
–the real borders–
people versus junk
junk versus flowers and songs


This poem is taken from Alurista’s Return, published by Bilingual Press.

Alurista is the nom de plume of Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia (born August 8, 1947), a Chicano poet and activist. He was born in 1947 in Mexico City and migrated to San Diego, California, when he was thirteen. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from the University of California, San Diego. Among his collections of poetry are Floricanto en Aztlan (1971), Spik in Glyph? (1981), Return: Poems Collected and New (1982), and Et Tu … Raza? (1995).

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