First by pronouncing WAI as Why.
(four poems in one)
by Pablo Rodriguez
Pablo Rodríguez is a 25 year old Paralegal at the Froba Law Offices in Modesto California. He is also a history student at California State University Stanislaus. Born in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1973, Pablo's family settled in California's central valley in the late 1970s. Currently, Pablo is in the process of forming a non-profit organization called Fuerza De La Gente with community activists from the Modesto area. A spin off of that organization will be his Chicano arts group to be known as the International Chicano Youth Authority. This will be in the tradition of the Royal Chicano Air Force and Culture Clash. Fuerza De La Gente is being formed to address Latino issues in California, specifically the problems that have arisen because of Propositions 187, 209, and 227. Fuerza De La Gente is expected to be a positive force in California.
Pablo received his community organizing training while working as a volunteer for the United Farm Workers of America AFL-CIO. He expects to follow the UFW's positive tradition with Fuerza De La Gente's goals. If you have any questions about Pablo's poetry or Fuerza De La Gente he welcomes your e-mail. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following poem is actually four poems in one. It can be read from top to bottom and from bottom to top in two different ways. First by pronouncing WAI as Why. Second by replacing WAI with Who Am I? I did this because I had written a number of pieces attempting to define myself. I then realized that what I should do is tell people who I am not. Since my youth I was determined not to be called Paul. Pablo defines who I am.
Pablo Rodriguez 5.5.95 - Livingston California
If you hate me
Pablo Rodriguez 12.20.96 - La Paz California
|Published in In Motion Magazine August 25, 2001.
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