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The Requerimiento: Then and Now

by Rebeca Lucret (writer), New York City, March 07, 2010

A poem that speculates on change as it relates to politics and history. I wonder, exactly how have times changed?

Shouting in alien tongues
abstract words
and perplexities of sorts,
they arrived on shore
like summertime ants
assaulting the calm of kitchen floors.

Oh recognize us –
citizens of ignorant acts,
as the saviors
and prophets
who shall bring peace upon your heads.

Oh recognize us –
and fear not words that befuddle
nor hands of jagged wreaths,
that graze upon the ample bosom
belonging to your wives and offspring.

In postcards,
we shall brag of your beauty
as obvious as our heavenly given rights.
We shall sip of your coffee
sweeten our tongues
and flush you of your foreign words.
Fear not the fine print floating in the distance
citing clauses that slither
like poisonous rattlesnakes in the dark.

That was then.

We’ve come to strip you,
correction –
we’ve come to revitalize you
like the coming of Spring.
Giving birth to form
breathing life into order
planting seeds of institutions
so as to sprout buds of a different breed.

Oh watch the blossom!
Backs bent in sweat
tears pooled in grief
torrents of yelps, moans and screams.
Fear not,
for that is the suckle is to the infant,
the oasis is to the traveler.

Oh hear us!
Hear our hearts beat wildly
with the promise of fulfillment.

That was then.

Another portrait circulates.
Familiar angles disguised in the abstract.
Cleverly framed landscapes
and mosaics of a new world politics address
citizens
voters
advocates
petitioners
and more.

We here specialize in the freedom of stroke,
in the power of quenching thirsts,
in the rivers of choice.

Fear not
that your feet wade in cement
or that your thirsty soul
reaches through the mirror of water.
It looks like confusion.
It looks like struggle.
It looks like deceit.

A mother cashes in pockets of oaths
that dissolves like pink mist
each time she attempts
spooning the promises to the nestled youth in her arms.
It looks like betrayal.

That was then
Or is that now?



About the Writer

Rebeca Lucret is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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4 comments on The Requerimiento: Then and Now

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By Rebeca Lucret on March 07, 2010 at 08:01 am

Thanks Julian. I'm glad I did it. This one is quite personal to me and one of the ones I've written that I feel strongly about.

.....one less hump to get over.... :-)

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By Lady D on March 07, 2010 at 11:31 am

Great, Clear and simple. Welcome. More please.

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By Rebeca Lucret on March 07, 2010 at 04:28 pm

Such a warm welcome! Thanks for reading.

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By PATRICK PETION on April 15, 2010 at 02:16 pm

nicely done

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