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Birthmark

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cloudy moon rises

over white silver

sands El Chuco

hills smooth concrete

loom like dunes awaiting

some pachuco’s arrival

to mark in ancient script

name, neighborhood, street

magic marker popul-voh

a faded clue left to say

a 100 years from today:

Yo Soy, Yo Era, Yo Sigo. *

 

El Paso, Tejas.

 

* I am, I was, I continue to be.

 

Gregg Barrios is a poet, playwright and author living in San Antonio. This poem is from his latest collection, La Causa, published this month by Hansen Publishing.

Gregg Barrios is a San Antonio playwright, poet and journalist. He is a 2013 USC Annenberg Getty Fellow, and serves on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. His play, I-DJ, premieres at the 2014 NYC Frigid Fringe Festival.