Thursday, March 24, 2016

Poem: fotos



                                     for Claudio and Jeanne

1.   Universidad de Concepcion

                              Febrero, 2016


On the bus to Tome

we pass the highcolumned

armyheadquarters 

estudiante por seis anos

set on a hill

where you ha sido arrestado


every day but one


by the green sea

Professor de treinta anos


torturado

in 1973

the golpe of 9/11

launched by the USA

bus churning


you roll up your sleeve

sea rising


show me a slight mark

most days

blue

falling



of a cigaretteburn


2.  1973-1990


Second on the list

of sixteen students

Anna Luisa

green by the walkway

40,000

the Army came over a hill

walk by

muertos

de departmeiento de sociologia

down

walk by



a classmate en la escuela


through the green trees

leafy

with guns


de Mapuches en Alto Biobio


purple flowers

una amiga politica tambien aqui

on high branches

amiga


spill down

second listed on the plaque


under a curving statue

of sixteen

of three wobbly

mourning

murdered


in the Sociology Department

among 60

near  a plaque

quiet


to a fiery speaker

muertos

communista

30 years old



you point to the little black window

by the Army

third from the left

you can see it from here



of your dorm



3.  Sindicatos


Communista

in the mines

who taught

unionistas

y mapuches

how to read


workers the most literate


engaged by politics

and hope

higher than


miners

often injured

down in the mine

and their children



how to read


snowsmokingAndes

mist and fire

2000 year old

monkeypuzzle pines

araucarias

crouched on a high ridge

near the volcan


among the high Chileans


long ago



4. Missing


Donde esta

in jeans

dark

talking with custodians


cheerful young woman


Donde esta?

dressed in a white smock

for sweeping


Los Professores to decide tenure


vigorous

chats happily


custodian

Donde esta


Distinguished

piel

happily

una professora joven

points

to the back of the room


piel

Los Professores

esta con los obreros



Donde

Donde esta  EL Professor

Distinguido


Alla  alla, she said


Donde     Donde


peering

peering



5.  Piel


a woman bundled in the cold

hood with a red lining

wrinkled face

seated


older than she seems

back against the esquina


beaten

down from the police station

happy

warmed

at the professor’s smile

from the apartments

who every day

talks with her


gives her coins


6.  Comida


You showed me the restaurant

good cazuela

near the fabric mill

diez mil obreros  

your fathermotheraunt

mapuches

mom curly haired

beautiful   single

father lived nearby

showed you chess

many brothers sisters


each afternoon

you went to buy food

bring it to the mill

carne  sopa

fruit soda

(for you)


now empty

windows busted out

no jobs


for your dad

10,000


met your mom

atop a nearby hill

each morning

beat everyone

at chess


a father’s rough bequest

check

rough touch



the wind blows


through



8.  Once in a century


Earthquake bustsUP

ANDDOWN

the sidewalks

trip you as you

Tome to Concepcion

your Uncle

walk

Army Officer

said



the fishermen knew the sea

wasn’t right

Pacificchurning

sucked back

a longlong sheet

graygrainysand


and a great wave

75 feet high

tookout everyone by the sea

houses structures


we stare at a sliver of chimney  a base

two stones


today calmblue


along the sucked up waterfront

Madame President

Michelle Bachelet


all new

unimaginableblue


cheap houses

announced there was no danger

no 75 foot wave would come

towering

Tsu

sweep everything away


King Canute

the Socialist


nami

told the sea to stop

Imperious

right at her

no towering 75 foot

crooked

told the earth

not to jumble up the walks

finger

stones cracking above

below the foot



and those who did not know


stumble

did not

the sea

stay in the hills


came down

came

not with the fishermen


to see

could not

the sea



listen

75 foot

against the President 


overtowered

swept away



10.  May Day 1978


On a 24 hour bus

Delano

Epifanio Camacho

first unionist

from Mexico

in the United

shut down his field

Farmworkers

for aspirinas


Mapuche

mi estudiante


of international politics

of solidaridad de los pueblos

y los obreros

y las indigenas

contra los ricos


studying  international

y su gobiernos


Mapuche

reported to our meetings

of the secret Denver Research Institute

hushushhushcounterinsurgency
contractin
  
Thailand

Inspectors do not see dark

obreros

a biggerfaster
tank

DenverWarInstitute

to pay the Chancellor’s


Chileno

new gun

unseen

we laughed



got fancy food

and laughed


after the Board

(Allende muerto

martyr


of Trustees


at CIA hands


and laughed


cleaning up

los pobresestudiantes

tienen buen comida


cleaning



11.  Museo de la Memoria

                                       Santiago


In 2010

Los Presidentes

Lagos Bachelet Frei    

an exhibition

carved stone statues

green

to the disappeared


The Army took photos

from every village


in Chile

of Air Force traitors

sent by Kissinger/Nixon

bombing the Moneda
personal murderers

The Presidential Palace


martyring Salvador


The tape plays over and over

his last courageous speech

hunched to avoid shells


smoke rising up

a willing sacrifice


still bullet holes

the words of the tortured

in the Moneda

memorias

a thousand blinking

detention centers


Mapuches near Quilaco

palace in ruins

(your mom was ChristianDemocratic

mayor)

instruments

thrown


are these     soldiers?

in the river


where have they bombed

blind men with guns


the voice

the palace


of Victor

to murder


and instruments


the workers’

American planes

Presidente Allende


I look into mourning faces

right here

of    young

awed visitors


and 60,000 more


12.  Communidad


South of the riobiobio

mapu

lakes

400 volcans

highsteamingsnow

bubbling

forests

gray pocked

mapu

lava rocks

how slow

lava


you can stand on


it comes

machipurri

pehuenche

all those photos

down

you took one


eyes

are no betrayal


you can feel  city boy

under the canopy

of the high trees

2000 years

arrellanos

araucarias

walking through the wet

foot to the ground

connection even in factory Tome


lush

umbrellaleaves

nalcos


name a thousand birds

robinbrownbreast

noisyslight chucals


soaring teucas


hunting  growing

lushpeaches

fresh

fighting

Incas

Peru 

Spain

Chile 

the dams

making the bluewater

mapu


juicycountry of

thick

timber companies

pajaros

Army with big guns

cut 2000 year old


coihuis


as Marx saw the mir

the Iroquois

pajaros

brightvision


no dead lumber

no plantingswiftgrowing
watersucking pines

fool Socialistas

on the take

watersucking


you are one foot on the land

under the canopy

Mapu

one foot in the city



studying

cleaning

teaching

Mapudungen

Chilean

English


in community



13.     MIR


A thinner self

in the photo

just behind los lideres


spoke of uniting

campesinos y Mapuches


 Cubanos

provided no guns

without Allende’s word

which never came

algunas peasants

con pistoles


“No hay golpe

in Chile

oldest  democracy

No

Hay

in the long South

stretchingAntarctica

MonroeKissinger


GOLPE

bloody


so many dead


and tortured

  

14.  No


You don’t drink

your brothers in the factory

vino

went down


or some German settlers

drinking

growingvineyards

tourist


aristocratas

Palacios

of THE CHILEAN RACE

no dark-skinned


blond


bottling

eugenicas

poinsonmapu

fatstumblingdrunkennarcissi 

 estupi d as


genocide


15.  First


mapuche

ever

University of Concepcion

tu mama

said

go and change

first

the world


now sociologist

to whom the campesinos,

obreros

mapuches

who do not seek

dinero


come

welcomed

constellation


to

write


16.   Red


You stood near Fidel

at the long speech to the great rally on the steps

bodyguard

milesmiles estudiantes

Andes behind


talked with him after

in your apartment

how was he, I said

fiery, you said,


the students roar


fiery

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