By Pat Mora
Like Sonia Sanchez and Sandra Cisneros, Pat Mora attracts on oral and lyrical traditions; she reclaims the heritage and tradition of her Mexican roots, specifically genuine and imagined Mexican girls of the earlier, from a tribute to Frida Kahlo to an interview with an Aztec goddess.
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Hijas, beware of altars and rumors of legends. They say I called sweet as birdsong to Juan Diego rushing to the curling hum of holy incense. Como la flor de rosa. Como el arco iris. Como las nubes de gloria. Como la luna espléndida. They need them, hijas. Come. Rise, but ignore halos, hovering men who look like angelitos. Como la flor de rosa. Como el arco iris. Como las nubes de gloria. Como la luna espléndida. Play the symbols. I loan my cape to women in tennis shoes who fly back and forth across the Río Grande.
But every Sunday: movies' luscious dark. I loved that thumping drum. Daily she brought Archie comics, Butterfingers. " Her blessing, a sturdy, familiar quilt. 3 Always in black, Lobo never wore slacks, a lady of high collars, sleeves to her wrists. Of course, she didn't swim Page 4 until the day our tears removed her clothes. The pool sign: No bathing without an adult. ) She rented a black bathing suit, two-piece. Though I was there, all that flesh and her face will never match, and yet, I hear her laugh.
We whisper cuentos, sing rru-rru lullabies. Oye: Children are not bastards though sometimes their fathers are. They say I drown the babies, bend down with them heavy in my arms, rru-rru release them and their gur- glings into night water, or do I, ay, ay, ay, Page 76 begin to like the feel of a dagger, long and thin, one day plunge the tongue into those corazoncitos to spare them other piquetitos, Maybe I grow the dagger gleaming like my nails in moonlight. Grow what you need. Perhaps I want to hurt the father who in his story finds a woman who makes his parents smile, fair like every princess, probably thinner and ay, ay, ay, silent too, and in those days, I'm sure a virgin, immaculate.
Agua Santa: Holy Water by Pat Mora