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For the “Capitol Nine”

For the “Capitol Nine”

to the nine students who were arrested on April 20, 2010

at the Arizona State Capitol for protesting SB 1070

 

Francisco X. Alarcón

carnalitos

y carnalitas

brothers

and sisters:

 

from afar

we can hear

your heart beats

 

they are

the drums

of the Earth

 

our people

follow closely

your steps

 

as warriors

of justice

and peace

 

you take on

the Beast

of hatred

 

the unlawful

police enforcement

of discrimination

 

chain yourselves

to the doors

of the State Capitol

 

so that terror

will not leak out

to our streets

 

your voices

your actions

your courage

 

can’t be taken

way from us

and put in jail

 

you are nine

young warriors

like nine sky stars

 

you are the hope

the best dreams

of our nation

 

your faces

are radiant

as the Sun

 

they will break

this dark night

for a new day

 

yes, carnalitas

and carnalitos:

all our sisters

all our brothers

 

need no papers

to prove once

and for all

 

we are humans

just like you are–

we are not criminals”

 

our plea comes to

No to criminalization!

Yes to legalization!”

© 2010 Francisco X. Alarcón

Francisco X. Alarcon at 2013 AWP

 

This is a video of Francisco X. Alarcon’s recital of the above poem at the 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. It has been submitted by the author along-with the Poem. Views expressed are personal.

 

This is a video of Francisco X. Alarcon’s recital of the above poem at the 2013 Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. It has been submitted by the author along-with the Poem. Views expressed are personal.

 

 

Francisco X.Alarcon

Francisco X. Alarcón, award winning Chicano poet and educator, born in Los Angeles, in1954, is author of eleven volumes of poetry, including, From the Other Side of Night: Selected and New Poems (University of Arizona Press 2002), and Snake Poems: An Aztec Invocation (Chronicle Books 1992). His most recent book of bilingual poetry for children is Animal Poems of the Iguazú / Animalario del Iguazú (Children’s Book Press 2008). He has been a finalist nominated for Poet Laureate of California in two occasions. He teaches at the University of California, Davis. He created a Facebook page, POETS RESPONDING TO SB 1070, that now has more than 3,000 members and a file of more than 350 poems posted, and thousands of visits weekly.

 

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