FRONTERA 

por Francisco X. Alarcón 

 

herida 

abierta 

sin cicatrizar 

espina

clavada 

en el corazón

Muro

de Lamentos

para familias

fantasía

pesadilla

desilusión

refugio

purgatorio 

infierno

para miles

tumba sin

demarcación

oh desierto

abrazando

al cielo

oh partición

del alma de

la humanidad

BORDER 

by Francisco X. Alarcón 

 

open 

bleeding 

wound 

thorn

piercing

the heart

Wall

of Laments

for families

fantasy

nightmare

delusion

refuge

purgatory 

hell

unmarked

tomb for

thousands

o desert

embracing

the sky

o partition

of the soul

of humanity

 

FRANCISCO X. ALARCÓN is an award-winning Chicano poet and educator. He’s the author of seven books of poetry for grown-ups and six bilingual poetry books for children. His most recent books are Canto hondo/Deep Song (University of Arizona Press 2015) and Borderless Butterflies/Mariposas sin fronteras (Poetic Matrix Press 2014). He is the founder of the Facebook page “Poets Responding to SB 1070.” He teaches at the University of California, Davis. 

Read more of Francisco X. Alarcón's poems in Issue 2, Vol. 1 Spring 2015.