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 playwright, poet and journalist. He serving in the USAF during the Vietnam era. He joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War while attending the University of Texas in Austin.

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