I have been asked, what is a Chicano? This is not an easy question to respond to. It requires a thoughtful response, so I turned my answer into a poem. This is one perspective.
I am the result of a unique
historical experience. I am of
the seed that was sewn of this
Earth. I am the heart beat of
many millenniums. I am a
phenomenon that can’t be wrapped
in a neatly secured one-dimensional
package. I am the dream of
ancient wisdom. I am the
profound depths of physical,
spiritual and intellectual wonders
that haunt modern thought.
I am the descendent of survivors
who’ve sought to live when
they were doomed to die.
I was born in a dream and
lived in a nightmare
through my dreams.
I am the infusion of genetic
codes and a diaspora of cultural
eclecticism. I am a
barrio beat brother…aztlaneco.
I am the confusion and diffusion
of worlds colliding. I am the
crystal clear vision of the future.
I am the contradiction working
against itself. I am a
sorrow song and a blues corrido.
I am Cuautehmoc’s last breath
and Zapata’s first inspiration. I am
the stroke of Frida Kahlo’s brush
and Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz’s
polemic. I am Dr. King’s
dream and Malcolm X’s
call for self-determination. I
am John Brown’s cry for justice
and Aretha’s call for r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
Soy nieto de campesinos e
hijo de urban factory workers.
I am a home-grown, urban
barrio warrior…born in a
tradition called Aztlan. I
am hijo del sol,
hermano del corazón and
soul brother. I am the
intersection of dreams, ideals
and aspirations. I am the
righteous indignation of centuries
ready to explode. I am
a complex socio-psychological
deposit of consciousness that
transcends millenniums and cultures.
I am the dialectical outcome
of resistance to oppression. I
am Chicano, a concept that can’t
be easily explained.
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This is FRACKING Poetic License
Are you FRACKING crazy?
Ain't nobody FRACKING me over!
This makes no FRACKING sense to me.
This is FRACKING awful!
Poisoning families for profit is FRACKING horrible.
Using toxic chemicals and hydraulic pressure...FRACKING wrong!
Contaminating drinking water...FRACKING ridiculous.
Poisoning farmland, plants, cattle and people...FRACKING stupid.
FRACKING earthquakes, too?!
No FRACKING way am I going for this!
Ooh! You said, FRACKING. I'm gonna tell.
FRACKING is a really bad word.
I hope you get the FRACKING point.
You know what I FRACKING mean?
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