June 22, 2016
POEM: THE PULSE OF LIFE BY RUDOLFO ANAYA
The Latina Book Club is honored to reprint Rudolfo Anaya’s new poem in memory of the 49 fallen in Orlando.
Our prayers continue to be with the family and friends, and the LGBT Community at large.
“The Pulse of Life”
It was the twelfth of June
another hot and humid Florida night.
In Orlando young people gathered at the
Pulse Club, enjoying camaraderie, the
dance floor pulsating with life,
dancers moving to syncopated music,
Latin rhythms, good will embraces,
laughter, friendships, plans for
tomorrow, flashing smiles releasing
stress in silent motions.
Then the pulse of life ended.
A man on fire came from a dark,
twisted place, methodically spraying
death, massacring our LGBT
dancers who fell like cut flowers.
Pulses died in 49 bloodied wrists,
blood pressures plunged to zero,
juices of life that would never
flow into the future stained
the sad dance floor.
Shock spread across the country,
across the world, enough grief
cannot be replaced.
Orlando pulled together, offering
condolences and help. From here
we sent flor y canto, oraciones,
flowers and poems, prayers.
Left bereaved on this senseless
plain, we wondered who killed the
Golden Rule, Love Your Neighbor.
We mourn our fallen comrades, our
gay sisters and brothers, and after
grieving we march to tear down the
barricades of hate, bigotry,
prejudices. We march to tear down
walls that separate.
©2016 Rudolfo Anaya
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rudolfo Anaya is a Mexican-American writer and educator, and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. Anaya taught high school and college courses while writing novels with groundbreaking Chicano themes, and received acclaim for BLESS ME, ULTIMA (1972), HEART OF AZTLAN (1976) and TORTUGA (1979). He has received numerous literary awards, including the Premio Quinto Sol and a National Medal of Arts. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His new book, THE SORROWS OF YOUNG ALFONSO, is out now from the Oklahoma University Press. Visit them at www.oupress.com.