Como Un Grano De Maíz

By Sam Coronado

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Como un grano de maíz,
nixtamalized,
stripped of its hull,
soy yo.

I am inside of the inside,
a tejanx within a xicanx,
a field of sky
beneath the stars.

All at once,
I belong everywhere &
to no one.

Pero con mi subcultura,
como el grano beneath the hull,
the root of the huisache,
mesquite, y nopal
planted firmly in this
sacred, radioactive earth,
soy yo.

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