Beautiful Soul Speak: Poems from the Heart

beautiful soul speak © 2014 Rosanna Alvarez

A town with a snag
Never about a flag
Expecting participation
In our dignity’s expatriation

Politics and hate leaving a sour taste
Attempting to seal our fate
Silence the masses
Breed fear in our classes

From cinco de mayo
El pueblo sagrado
Her arms outstretched
She speaks to our gente

A poet projects
An activist shines
La danzante enshrines
with a full heart entwines

Swirled in sage and copal,
Esa esencia de saguaro nopal:
Transcending
borrowed time
Our people
Caretakers
working the land

For a peaceful world
Simple and just
Generations before
Sacrificing in trust

Touching our souls
Ripple effects
Confronting the web
Grace and eloquence

The right of the people.
tears beckoning
Pride. Honor. Dignity.
humanidad reckoning
For our children.
Peace.

© 2014 Rosanna Alvarez


This poem was inspired by a beautiful celebration of community, organized in response to controversy surrounding Cinco de Mayo in the small town of Morgan Hill, California. For more background on the controversy and events that inspired this poem, check out Latino Rebels.com who did an excellent job covering the story, beginning with their April 28, 2014 post here.

For a video on local news coverage, you can also check out this quick snippet on YouTube covered by Kron4 News. It gives you the general gist.

For more on why I include poetry, writing, and activism on this site, read about it in this post on speaking your truth.

And, as always, I’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to post your reactions, reflections, and commentary in the comments below. Gracias!

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6 Comments

    • Veronica Hernandez
    • May 7, 2014
    • Reply

    Love it all!! Your poem and the writing.
    Keep them coming:’)

      • Citlali Rose
      • May 8, 2014
      • Reply

      Thank you! Will do ;)

  1. Thank you for alerting us to this story. It needed to be told.

      • Citlali Rose
      • May 8, 2014
      • Reply

      Agreed. Like so many of our stories! Your work is cut out for you ;)

    • Yolanda Castro
    • May 8, 2014
    • Reply

    Always an honor to read your palabra florida

      • Citlali Rose
      • May 8, 2014
      • Reply

      Gracias Yolanda. Always an honor to be surrounded by so much inspiration.

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