Chicano Poet

Monday, November 30, 2015

Capitan Ocho

Capitan Ocho
of the submarine

Muy Hondo
looked through

the perroscope
and spotted

the American destroyer
the U.S.S. Spot

he fired tubes
on and two

both hit the destroyer
amid ship

sinking it with
all aboard

Capitan Ocho
claimed the victory

for Aztlan
land of plenty feet

and the submarine
farted victorious bubbles

Friday, November 20, 2015

Otra Vez

El ocho
didn't believe in re-incarnation

but the higher ups
or the lower downs

you prefer

preferred that el ocho
come back to life again

and so
they brought him back

in the form
of a millipede this time.

In a previous life
el ocho had been

a centipede
though he of course

was unaware of that existence---
yet he had always favored

more than
two boring feet

Monday, November 16, 2015

Aquarena Springs

In another life
el ocho patas

was Ralph
the Swimming Pig

of Aquarena Springs
he entertained

the children
and the adults

who never grew up
he embarrassed

the other boy pigs
while the girl pigs

swooned and
daydreamed of Ralphie Ocho

but alas
one day

they closed
Aquarena Springs

and Ralph
drowned his sorrows

in the mud
that was left

and which turned
into the city of San Marcos

Monday, November 09, 2015


El ocho patas
got on his anti-bicicleta

and went

nothing was there
and nobody cared

just the opposite
of what we couldn't think

our anti-shouts
were silencing

of what we had not learned
only the forgetting

the anti-bicicleta
parked outside of Carmen's house

waiting for her
not to come out

waiting not to give her a ride
on the anti-handle bars

so anti-long ago
where we can not be cicleta

Tuesday, November 03, 2015


Once upon a time
the Lord Jesus

and el ocho patas
were one and the same

they preached love
and peace

but only hate
and violence

fell upon their heads
so el ocho patas

made a run for it

out of there
went his own way

two roads diverged
in a yellow wood

and el ocho
turned yellow

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone

El ocho patas
wrote beautifully

about beauty about truth
about justice

about impossible
Mexican girls

but he could never
get on the cover

of the Rolling Stone
el ocho patas

had his own

he had his own

his own sunbaked raza
but he could never

quite get on the cover
of the Rolling Stone

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Sister's Birthday

El ocho's sister
was long-suffering

a true woman
stronger than

the strongest bridge
more sturdy

than the morning sun
more moving

than the moon
fierce against storms

carving joy from sadness
loyal to the light

safer than the Lord
his sister

battled the soul for him
who was so weak

she showed him the way
if he gave up

she asked nothing
in return

and in her love caused everything
that's good and great

making el ocho patas
more blessed than life