” A Pale Green Mermaid Blog “
YOU STRUGGLE SO
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…
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
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. Disfranchised Americans were also in the ranks, including African Americans who had escaped from slavery in the American South. 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.
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.