Chicano Poet

Friday, October 02, 2015

The House On Manco Street

El ocho patas lived in the house
on Manco Street

it was full of sand
and cenizas

it was purple
en el distrito de los reyes

he lived there
with his eight feet

half of them
dipped in the dirty

San Antonio River
his eight calzetines

painted the river brown
eventually he left town

and Manco Street
limped back into history

Sunday, September 27, 2015

For His Granddaughters

“occasionally el ocho patas
suffers from lucidity…”

Being a man
I know how men can be

that I may not be around
when you might need

advice from an old man:
girls, the vices of men

can derail your life
their jealousies will stunt your growth

keep your minds clear
don’t let their fog blind you

don’t let their displeasure
of your independent souls stop you

avoid their road blocks
avoid their false encouragement

keep going the way
your heart wants you to go

may you have great wonderful lives
which only you can make come true

Friday, September 25, 2015


El ocho patas' band
was called Plastallica

they played heavy plastic music
they wore black clothes

black boots
black eyes

black underwear
all made of heavy plastic

man they were the most
heavy plastic band ever dude

el ocho's amp
was big and black

and the whole stage shook
like a plastic earthquake

keeping the dead
Mexican rock and roll heroes

awake until dawn
and then some damn

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunglass At Night

El ocho patas
wears his sunglasses at night

he can't see a damn thing
he can't see immigrants

he can't see poverty
he can't see the homeless

he can't see the rich
he can't see the devil

he can't see God
he can't see

La Virgen de Guadalajara
he can't see La Virgen de Tan Juana

he can't see a damn thing
he's wearing his sunglasses at night

and it won't get better
when daylight comes

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Rodriguez Middle School

They had been together
since Rodriguez Middle School

he had been so nice
the cutest guy

in her grade
all the girls were jealous

everyone said
they were made for each other

but by tenth grade
he became abusive

she couldn't even look
in the direction of other boys

he'd punch her on the shoulder
hurt her bruise her

but she loved him
he'd slap her

and jerk her arms
and kick her sometimes

they had been in love
since Rodriguez Middle School

at fourteen she got pregnant
he started cheating on her

with her best friend
her heart was broken

in so many pieces
one night she got

her cousin's gangster gun
Bang! Bang! (My Baby Shot Me Down)

Bang! Bang!
Rodriguez Middle School

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Broken Corazon

After a girl named Rosa
had broken

el ocho's heart
he took it

out of his chest
tore it apart

wall by wall
vein by vein

found the
broken part

worked hours
and hours

day after day
night after night

until he had
the damn thing

working as good
as new

and then
the dumb ochito

fell madly
in love again

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

This Is Just Pa Decirte

I have eaten
the heart
that was in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for the Aztec priest

forgive me
for saying that
our ancestor's shortcomings
were so delicious