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Depictions of the battle showing Mexican
cavalry overwhelming the French troops
below the fort at Loreto
Francisco P. Miranda, Oil on canvas, 1872

PLOGS BELOW (JML's Poetic Commentary)

The Payment

To those conquistadors
who came here and tried
to replace our culture
with their own:

This is what the world
shall know about you.

You were nothing but unwelcome
visitors here,

your names and language
were left here
like forgotten baggage.

Here’s what we have done:

We have kept your names
and language as payment
for the destruction you left
behind,

for lives lost,

for rape and enslavement,

for your gold lust.

No one will say now that
we are Hispanic or
Latino.

We are Indigenous People.

The names we carry and
the common language we speak
belong to us and we
are not giving them back.

They belong to the Indigenous now.

Our names are not Spanish
names. They are Mexican names.

The new language we speak
is not the Spanish language.
It is a Mexican language.

You did not erase our
Indigenous identities.
We still dance the fire dance.
We still dance the deer dance.
We remember and honor our ancestors.

You are gone, but
we are still here.

When people hear our names
and when people hear us speak,
they will say,

“Ah, there is one who carries
the blood,
A child of The Survivors.”

Our People live on. ~ Richard Walker

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

In Honor of The Battle of Puebla
And all those who lost their lives.
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo

XOXO! JML


Death Comes For The Archbishop
Willa Crather

eBook
ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/cather/willa/d?

LETS BRING PEACE EVERYDAY

Plog Post: Sunday, May 5, 2019