World Poetry Day…

Stupid America

stupid america, see that 
with a big knife 
on his steady hand 
he doesn’t want to knife you 
he wants to sit on a bench 
and carve christfigures 
but you won’t let him.

stupid america, hear that 
shouting curses on the street 
he is a poet 
without paper and pencil 
and since he cannot write 
he will explode.

stupid america, remember 
that chicano 
flunking math and english 
he is the picasso 
of your western states 
but he will die 
with one thousand 
hanging only from his mind.


by Lalo Delgado


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