Unicorns in The Hood Part 26 – a poem by Israel Francisco Haros Lopez

Unicorns in The Hood Part 26

i walked along the smoking mirrors
of tescatlipocatl and the day keepers
the ones that swallow keys and skeletons
walked
until i found
the mouth of queztalcoatl
feathered serpent
stretching into
the womb of water
where water births stars
i tried to walk
into the mouth of quetzalcoatl
and found myself
back inside smoking mirrors
of tescatlipocatl and the night keepers
the ones that swallow dreams and visions
walked away
again
until i found
the mouth of queztalcoatl
feathered serpent
stretching into the water
of my eyes
queztalcoatl
swallowed my hope
and gave me
feather serpent
wings
to place
in my tongue
to remember
to fly when
i speak

 

Israel Francisco Haros Lopez was born in East Los Angeles to immigrant parents of Mexican descent. Israel graduated from U.C. Berkeley and received a degree in English Literature and Chicano Studies followed by an M.F.A in Creative Writing. At formal and informal visual art spaces, Israel creates and collaborates in many interdisciplinary ways including poetry, performance, music, visual art, and video making and curriculum creation. His work addresses a multitude of historical and spiritual layered realities of border politics, identity politics, and the re-interpretation of histories.

Israel has been published online and in print poetry journals and magazines, including, Rise Up, Across The Margin, La Bloga, The anthology ‘Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice’. He has two collections of poetry ‘Waterhummingbirdhouse: A Poetry Codex’ and ‘Mexican Jazz Vol. 1’.

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