TWO POEMAS BY XICO GONZÁLEZ

RAÍCES REBELDES



Hijos del Sol, la Luna y las Estrellas
Tonatiuh, Meztli, Xitlalli
La raza cósmica
the cosmic race
Raíces rebeldes
rooted in ancient Anahuac
rooted in ancient Aztlán
rooted in Itzachitlán-
Lugar entre aguas
no benditas, ni malditas
sino sagradas
Sacred like the trees,
the animals y los peces
Todo es relativo en este mundo
Called Macuil Tonatiuh
El Quinto Sol
The Fifth Sun
By Raza elders...
Hombres sabios-
mayas, huicholes, aztecas,
yaquis, coras, olmecas,
tarahumaras, toltecas y todos
los miembros de las siete tribus chichimecas
Guerreros jaguares y águilas
Armados para preservar nuestras raíces...
Fighting-peleando...
Fighting-peleando...
Always fighting to preserve our roots
Ocelotl yolotl
Cuauhtli yolotl
Mexica yolotl... Corazón mexica
Warriors of the past
          Give me strength
To keep on fighting through time and space...
Nimexicatl Yaotl
Soy un guerrero mexica
I am a Mexica warrior
Soy sangre de tu sangre
Y nuestra sangre es guerrera
Eztli yaotl
Blood of warriors run through my veins
These words should not be in vain
¡Despierta raza! Wake up!
And claim what is yours...
Tu pasado...your past
¡Sin tus raíces no eres nada!
¡Despierta raza! Wake up!
¡Despierta raza! Wake up!




ITZACHITLÁN



Tus trenzas, Alaska y Groenlandia
           Tu cara es Canadá,
                       fresca como la nieve
Tus pechos, los Estados Unidos,
           ricos y jugosos...
                       quizá hoy repletos de silicón
Tu abdomen y ombligo...
           México,
           lugar de cultura e historia
                       donde haz engendrado hombres valientes
                                  como Hidalgo, Juárez y Zapata
Tu cintura,
          Centro América
                      de ahí te han querido agarrar tantos
                                  de ahí ha brotado tu llanto
Tus anchas y sensuales caderas
          son desde Colombia a Brasil
                       y las meneas al ritmo de Samba
Tu tesorito esta por el Amazonas
          exótico y no tan explorado
                       Haz tenido varios amantes
                                   pero no tantos como la puta de Europa
Tus piernas bellas y fuertes...
            los Andes y Argentina...
Itzachitlán hermosa mujer
           Tierra del Fuego
                      son tus hermosos pies.


© Xico González from his book entitled, "The Indígena Poems." 
Copies are available at http://www.revoltoso.com

Bio: "Along with his artistic career, Xico González is a political and cultural 
activista as well as a poet. Xico was born in East Los Angeles on November 11, 1975. He grew up 
in San Luis Río Colorado, a city along the Mexican-United States border. Throughout his 
academic career, González has actively participated in MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano 
de Aztlán). He founded and was the first President of MEChA de Penn State (1996-1997) and 
the Co-Chair of MEChA de CSU, Sacramento (1999-2000). While at CSU, Sacramento, González 
encountered the veteranos of the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF) also known as the Rebel Chicano Art 
Front and became a member in early 2000. The RCAF is a coalition of Chicano artists based in 
Sacramento. González graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Minor in Art Studio in 
May of 2002, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Spanish at CSU, Sacramento. In 2003, 
González was presented with the Dolores Huerta Activist Award by the famous Chicana activist 
and co-founder (along with César Chavez) of the United Farm Workers Union. 'The Indígena Poems'
 is his chapbook número tres."