Return of the Poetry Corner

Return of the Poetry Corner
Image by Felix E. Guerrero via Flickr Creative Commons

Edited by Richard Stone

Our poet this month is Alfonso Hernandez of Three Rivers. He writes, “The inspiration came from the violent situation in Mexico where many people are killed every day either by the police or by criminals; the killing of a young Mexican teen trying to cross the border; [and] one section of Stabat Mater by K. Jenkins called ‘And the mother did weep’ that the Sierra Vocal Arts Ensemble is singing at the Methodist Church in Porterville on May 4. I thought this would be a good poem for the May edition in relation to 5 de Mayo.”

Hernandez is a longtime supporter of the Community Alliance and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Porterville.

The skies in Mexico
Black with the shadow of death
Empty their blood tears
Of orphan mothers
In rivers flowing with cries
From open wound hearts.

—Alfonso C. Hernandez
March 15, 2014


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