Las Gallinas

Consejos from a madre to her hijo because they have chickens in the back yard

By Phil Goldvarg
Published on LatinoLA: December 6, 2002

Las Gallinas

Don't name las gallinas mijo,
don't give them names,
they are food,
comida para nosotros,
you give them names
y mas pronto
they become part of la familia,
entonces, how could we eat a relative?
a dios, que lastima,
pobrecita hermana,
sitting there on la mesa,
tostada y triste,
sabes que, mijo,
we'll all be eating frijoles
y arroz that night,
entonces mijo,
don't name las gallinas,
just call them esas,
no mas.

About Phil Goldvarg:
Phil Goldvarg is a poet & artist in Sacramento, CA. His e-mail is Hgold42734@aol.com.

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