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I Hear Voices Nov 19, 2017

by Koushik Ghosh

 

 Gema Galiana Photography)

A review of Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance (Nov 16-19) (Photo: Gema Galiana Photography)

 

I hear voices he said,
With a toothy smile.
A boy, 19, in the northwest corner of Mexico.

We all hear voices.

Some of us, coughing
In the choking smear of forest fires
Of summer, hear voices like Elon Musk
from space
calling us to a life
away from our blue planet.

I hear voices, he said,
As he recalled the fright of his parents
A boy, 19, in a plaid shirt, in the northwest corner of Mexico.

We all hear voices.

Some of us, moaning,
Through the nightmares
That we did not dare to admit 
During our day,
Hear voices,
Asking us to parachute out
Of the ride we are strapped to.

I hear voices he said,
And I have to find money to go there,
For that’s where he is from, the northwest corner of Mexico.

We all hear voices.

Some of us, stilled 
Into a moment of clarity,
Hear voices, 
that let us
Glimpse a world beyond duality
Where all clocks have stopped
And life is eternal.

I hear voices, he said, 
As he took out a shovel and dug the earth
In the northwest corner of Mexico.
We all hear voices.

Some of us, 
Hear voices, 
Of our ancestors,
Asking us to avenge a wrong
Committed aeons earlier
Or to overflow with gratitude
For some past good deed performed 
By some old great-grand aunt,
Who looks up at the flowers 
With her glassy eyes,
And offers a crooked smile.

We all hear voices. 

A boy in Mexico,
19, in a plaid shirt, hears voices.
The voice of Pancho Villa
Calling on him, 
To keep on dreaming, 
To never give up,
To not be cowed into submission and hopelessness
By the succession of bad governments 
Or despair over those who sip lemonade 
Across the border in Texas,
And strain their eyes through binoculars,
Or enjoy the humiliation of another defeated body,
Reveling in soulless, primal bloodlust,
Enjoying the bloodletting 
In the coliseum 
They think, is Mexico. 

 

Koushik Ghosh is an economist/poet/writer who is deeply interested in transnational issues, and the areas of social choice and justice. 

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