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Update to "My Mexicans"
Wednesday, April 04, 2007  5:05:00 PM

by HB Clayton



Political Science
I offered my brother Tony a voice in telling his account of the story that inspired the poem "My Mexicans" and he took it.


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My Mexicans?

The soil becomes a tomb, barren
     as the cherry tree yeilds no more
Those who have labored in the sun
     long since moved on to feed their
     families

A single ad in the paper
     CHERRY WOOD FOR SALE
     and the opportunistic men of
     my family move in

Long days of butchering this
     magnificent provider in pieces
     to be stacked on trucks, I think
     of the days atop the Massey Ferguson
     bouncing down geometrically perfect rows
Binned fruit for the world

I think of little entrepreneurs
     selling iced cold soda cans
     in the blistering sun for a dollar
I think of the tomale man Jesus
     pandering home maid heaven
     rolled in a corn husk

I think of how this and the next
     tree will feed my wife and child
     for the last time, ever loyal from
     their death beds

I think of family-
     Not the family that shares my face
     but the familia that wiped sweat from their
     brows, laboring with me in the sun for bread

Proud family-
     who worked tirelessly wishing
     only to make an honest buck
Some from here, some not

I think of the time I picked Jorge's
      baseball cap up from under a tree
It fell but he never followed, steady working   
Two words embroidered on the front:
      Chicano Power!

Most of all I think of a bigot 
      and his beautiful winery
      forty miles from my butchery
He was the last delivery from
      the day before

I refused to stack his wood
      for five dollars a cord
His only reply:
      "I'll just have my Mexicans do it
       for five dollars an hour"

This was the day that Mr. Preston
      became known to my family as 
      "Bigot Bill"

May his soil become a tomb, barren
      as the grapevine yields no more
May those who have labored in the sun
      for Bill move on and prosper   


  

 
   
         

 
 
 

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