12/19/07

IN MEMORY OF THE BARRIO

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A BARRIO

RIGHT THERE IN HOLLOWED GROUNDS

IN THOSE SACRED GROUNDS

BEYOND THE WHITE CITY LIMITS

PRACTICING A SLOWER LIFESTYLE

TRADITIONS FROM AN ANCIENT CULTURE

TIME HONORED TRADITIONS

IN A SMALL SETTLEMENT

WITH DIRT STREETS AND ALLEYS

SOON IT PASSED INTO HISTORY

PAVED OVER AND WASHED AWAY

BY SOME MEAN POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK

IN A LUCRATIVE LAND GRAB SCHEME JACK OF TRADES

CONSTRUCTING THE NEW MEGA CITY

TURNED THE BARRIO INTO A NEW CONCRETE CITY

ONCE A GRAND VILLAGE

WHICH ENDURED TIME EVERLAST

BUT WITH EVERY PASSING YEAR

THE OLD ADOBES WERE DONE AWAY

THE NEW WAS BUILT ATOP THE OLD

AND TODAY ONLY A HANDFUL OF BARRIOS REMAIN

. . .

A PAST BURIED

THE DANGER ZONES IS ALL THAT REMAINS

FILLED WITH CHAMUCOS AND DIABLOS

THOSE FROM THE LOST GENERATION

THE REASSEMBLED SOULS

RELICS OF THE PAST

THE DINASTY WHICH REMAINS

A CITY FILLED WITH GHOSTS

GHOSTS OF AN ENIGMATIC PEOPLE

GHOST OF THE MANY FALLEN ONES

GHOSTS AND ENIGMAS CARRYING ON

MIXED IN WITH THE NEW

WITH SO MUCH OLD THINGS TO SAVE

BUT WITH SO LIL’ TIME LEFT

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