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Silver Medals

Para Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez

By Maria Herrera Sobek
Published on LatinoLA: March 23, 2003


Silver Medals


Editor's Note: This poem was originally written about Chicano soldiers killed during the Vietnam War. It is dedicated to Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, killed in action in the War Against Iraq.

The silver medals

Purple Hearts

medals of conquering heroes

Hung on Chicano homes

Another Mexican American hero

Brought home

Under the Stars and Stripes.

Long gone the need

To prove his manhood

Long gone the need

To prove his red-blooded

American genealogy

And only the stars

Twinkle at our foolish pride.


About Maria Herrera Sobek:
Maria Herrera Sobek's poetry appears with other Xicana/o writings on the Viet Nam War in G. Mariscal's "Aztlan and Viet Nam" (University of California Press, 1999).




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