Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano

 

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Poem published as part of the International Queer Indigenous Voices Issue, Edited by Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán.

 

 

On This Lake

 

today I found you

perched as an eagle straddling my legs

devouring my serpent

surrounded by the lake of your bed

staring back at me with a prophetic gaze

 

years of nomadic fate, choked

as your claw tightened further

I built an empire on this lake

if only for a moment

 

your throat erased political divisions

territories became regions

you had no beginning

I had no end

 

as Aztlán returning to its whole

       and holy state

these bodies of men merged

you found the native in my fruit

I fulfilled my purpose if only for a moment

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