The Passing of Rodolfo 'Corky' Gonzales

Good Night Compa?ero Corky

By David Saucedo
Published on LatinoLA: April 19, 2005

The Passing of Rodolfo 'Corky' Gonzales

good night companero

it was the year of despair

but it was

the year of hope

of dreams

of action


and you were there

at the forefront

a leader

fearless before the powerful

you marched

side by side the multitudes

you loved

and fought for


fiery words streamed form your soul

proclaiming truth and justice

for all

taking charge of the day

in a rainy afternoon in washington d.c.

in the year of a tlatelolco summer of sixty-eight

i witnessed and give testament to your boundless love

and courage

and to your great heart

when we sang

we shall over come

let freedom ring

with abernathey

de colores y

yo soy chicano

viva la revolucion

and with tijerina

tierra o muerte

we sang together

you will not shed tears of anguish


nor suffer blows of vicious gloves

of hunger

nor mutilated sorrow

my friend

tonight companero corky

you merely withdraw

to the safety within

the circle of life--

your own people

you are the masses

of your people

who will not be absorbed

and aztec prince

with faith unbreakable

you are joaquin

who must endure

who will endure!

i will carry forever in my memory

and heart

the kindness

you showed me in that crowded meeting room

that night in d.c. of sixty-eight

when you embraced and took me in

a young drunken twenty year old

whom you treated with dignity and respect

as you listened to my complaints

because it is the only way i know

and the only way i'm capable to say


i cry...

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