Poem: fotos

                                     for Claudio and Jeanne
1.   Universidad de Concepcion
                              Febrero, 2016
On the bus to Tome
we pass the highcolumned
armyheadquarters 
estudiante por seis anos
set on a hill
where you ha sido arrestado
every day but one
by the green sea
Professor de treinta anos
torturado
in 1973
the golpe of 9/11
launched by the USA
bus churning
you roll up your sleeve
sea rising
show me a slight mark
most days
blue
falling
of a cigaretteburn
2.  1973-1990
Second on the list
of sixteen students
Anna Luisa
green by the walkway
40,000
the Army came over a hill
walk by
muertos
de departmeiento de sociologia
down
walk by
a classmate en la escuela
through the green trees
leafy
with guns
de Mapuches en Alto Biobio
purple flowers
una amiga politica tambien aqui
on high branches
amiga
spill down
second listed on the plaque
under a curving statue
of sixteen
of three wobbly
mourning
murdered
in the Sociology Department
among 60
near  a plaque
quiet
to a fiery speaker
muertos
communista
30 years old
you point to the little black window
by the Army
third from the left
you can see it from here
of your dorm
3.  Sindicatos
Communista
in the mines
who taught
unionistas
y mapuches
how to read
workers the most literate
engaged by politics
and hope
higher than
miners
often injured
down in the mine
and their children
how to read
snowsmokingAndes
mist and fire
2000 year old
monkeypuzzle pines
araucarias
crouched on a high ridge
near the volcan
among the high Chileans
long ago
4. Missing
Donde esta
in jeans
dark
talking with custodians
cheerful young woman
Donde esta?
dressed in a white smock
for sweeping
Los Professores to decide tenure
vigorous
chats happily
custodian
Donde esta
Distinguished
piel
happily
una professora joven
points
to the back of the room
piel
Los Professores
esta con los obreros
Donde
Donde esta  EL Professor
Distinguido
Alla  alla, she said
Donde     Donde
peering
peering
5.  Piel
a woman bundled in the cold
hood with a red lining
wrinkled face
seated
older than she seems
back against the esquina
beaten
down from the police station
happy
warmed
at the professor’s smile
from the apartments
who every day
talks with her
gives her coins
6.  Comida
You showed me the restaurant
good cazuela
near the fabric mill
diez mil obreros  
your fathermotheraunt
mapuches
mom curly haired
beautiful   single
father lived nearby
showed you chess
many brothers sisters
each afternoon
you went to buy food
bring it to the mill
carne  sopa
fruit soda
(for you)
now empty
windows busted out
no jobs
for your dad
10,000
met your mom
atop a nearby hill
each morning
beat everyone
at chess
a father’s rough bequest
check
rough touch
the wind blows
through
8.  Once in a century
Earthquake bustsUP
ANDDOWN
the sidewalks
trip you as you
Tome to Concepcion
your Uncle
walk
Army Officer
said
the fishermen knew the sea
wasn’t right
Pacificchurning
sucked back
a longlong sheet
graygrainysand
and a great wave
75 feet high
tookout everyone by the sea
houses structures
we stare at a sliver of chimney  a base
two stones
today calmblue
along the sucked up waterfront
Madame President
Michelle Bachelet
all new
unimaginableblue
cheap houses
announced there was no danger
no 75 foot wave would come
towering
Tsu
sweep everything away
King Canute
the Socialist
nami
told the sea to stop
Imperious
right at her
no towering 75 foot
crooked
told the earth
not to jumble up the walks
finger
stones cracking above
below the foot
and those who did not know
stumble
did not
the sea
stay in the hills
came down
came
not with the fishermen
to see
could not
the sea
listen
75 foot
against the President 
overtowered
swept away
10.  May Day 1978
On a 24 hour bus
Delano
Epifanio Camacho
first unionist
from Mexico
in the United
shut down his field
Farmworkers
for aspirinas
Mapuche
mi estudiante
of international politics
of solidaridad de los pueblos
y los obreros
y las indigenas
contra los ricos
studying  international
y su gobiernos
Mapuche
reported to our meetings
of the secret Denver Research Institute
hushushhushcounterinsurgency
contractin
  
Thailand
Inspectors do not see dark
obreros
a biggerfaster
tank
DenverWarInstitute
to pay the Chancellor’s
Chileno
new gun
unseen
we laughed
got fancy food
and laughed
after the Board
(Allende muerto
martyr
of Trustees
at CIA hands
and laughed
cleaning up
los pobresestudiantes
tienen buen comida
cleaning
11.  Museo de la Memoria
                                       Santiago
In 2010
Los Presidentes
Lagos Bachelet Frei    
an exhibition
carved stone statues
green
to the disappeared
The Army took photos
from every village
in Chile
of Air Force traitors
sent by Kissinger/Nixon
bombing the Moneda
personal murderers
The Presidential Palace
martyring Salvador
The tape plays over and over
his last courageous speech
hunched to avoid shells
smoke rising up
a willing sacrifice
still bullet holes
the words of the tortured
in the Moneda
memorias
a thousand blinking
detention centers
Mapuches near Quilaco
palace in ruins
(your mom was ChristianDemocratic
mayor)
instruments
thrown
are these     soldiers?
in the river
where have they bombed
blind men with guns
the voice
the palace
of Victor
to murder
and instruments
the workers’
American planes
Presidente Allende
I look into mourning faces
right here
of    young
awed visitors
and 60,000 more
12.  Communidad
South of the riobiobio
mapu
lakes
400 volcans
highsteamingsnow
bubbling
forests
gray pocked
mapu
lava rocks
how slow
lava
you can stand on
it comes
machipurri
pehuenche
all those photos
down
you took one
eyes
are no betrayal
you can feel  city boy
under the canopy
of the high trees
2000 years
arrellanos
araucarias
walking through the wet
foot to the ground
connection even in factory Tome
lush
umbrellaleaves
nalcos
name a thousand birds
robinbrownbreast
noisyslight chucals
soaring teucas
hunting  growing
lushpeaches
fresh
fighting
Incas
Peru 
Spain
Chile 
the dams
making the bluewater
mapu
juicycountry of
thick
timber companies
pajaros
Army with big guns
cut 2000 year old
coihuis
as Marx saw the mir
the Iroquois
pajaros
brightvision
no dead lumber
no plantingswiftgrowing
watersucking pines
fool Socialistas
on the take
watersucking
you are one foot on the land
under the canopy
Mapu
one foot in the city
studying
cleaning
teaching
Mapudungen
Chilean
English
in community
13.     MIR
A thinner self
in the photo
just behind los lideres
spoke of uniting
campesinos y Mapuches
 Cubanos
provided no guns
without Allende’s word
which never came
algunas peasants
con pistoles
“No hay golpe
in Chile
oldest  democracy
No
Hay
in the long South
stretchingAntarctica
MonroeKissinger
GOLPE
bloody
so many dead
and tortured
  
14.  No
You don’t drink
your brothers in the factory
vino
went down
or some German settlers
drinking
growingvineyards
tourist
aristocratas
Palacios
of THE CHILEAN RACE
no dark-skinned
blond
bottling
eugenicas
poinsonmapu
fatstumblingdrunkennarcissi 
 estupi d as
genocide
15.  First
mapuche
ever
University of Concepcion
tu mama
said
go and change
first
the world
now sociologist
to whom the campesinos,
obreros
mapuches
who do not seek
dinero
come
welcomed
constellation
to
write
16.   Red
You stood near Fidel
at the long speech to the great rally on the steps
bodyguard
milesmiles estudiantes
Andes behind
talked with him after
in your apartment
how was he, I said
fiery, you said,
the students roar

fiery

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