Poem – ” You Struggle So “

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You struggle so,

with what happened to you long, long ago

before there was us

before, when you rode a bus


hard as stone,

I was thrown back to you

as a prism, to look through

at those times

with all that grime…

but realize-

you are the prize

you can let it go—

let it flow—

straight back to their faces

straight back, to those who had few graces-

let them carry the pain – the disdain

You struggle so…


( I will always be by your side, till the end of the ride, standing with my palm on  your back.)









Listen to San Patricio –  The Chieftains with Ry Cooder  

From Wikipedia,

The Saint Patrick’s Battalion (Spanish: Batallón de San Patricio) was a unit of 175 to several hundred immigrants (accounts vary) and expatriates of European descent who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Most of the battalion’s members had deserted or defected from the U.S. Army. Made up primarily of ethnic Irish and German Catholic immigrants, the battalion also included Canadians, English, French, Italians, Poles, Scots, Spaniards, Swiss, and native Mexicans, all of whom were Roman Catholics.[1] Disfranchised Americans were also in the ranks, including African Americans who had escaped from slavery in the American South.[2] The Mexican government offered incentives to foreigners who would enlist in its army: it granted them citizenship, paid higher wages than the U.S. Army and gave generous land grants. Only a few members of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion were U.S. citizens.

Members of the battalion are known to have deserted from regiments including: the 1st Artillery, the 2nd Artillery, the 3rd Artillery, the 4th Artillery, the 2nd Dragoons, the 2nd Infantry, the 3rd Infantry, the 4th Infantry, the 5th Infantry, the 6th Infantry, the 7th Infantry and the 8th Infantry.[3]

The battalion served as artillery for much of the war. Despite later being formally designated as infantry, it still retained artillery pieces throughout the conflict. In many ways, the battalion acted as the sole Mexican counter-balance to U.S.



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One response to “Poem – ” You Struggle So “

  1. I first heard of the battalion on Link TV and saw a short documentry on them…enjoyed your post on this subject.

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