Puñeta

Margarita Padua, circa 1960
Mother, you were the history
that never made the books,
the woman who fed us
chicken flavored with garlic
and ginger, sweet pork with
soy sauce and rice on
a plain white dinner plate,
the woman who dressed us
to smile, to praise, give thanks
like every day was church,
but only so long as
we were allowed
to stand tall and look
these motherfuckers
in the face,
which years later I learned
is how you translate
the word
puñeta
into English
for a clown.

-Jose Padua

Photograph of Margarita Padua, circa 1960

5 responses to “Puñeta

  1. Just finished first read of your book; my anticipation was well rewarded! Hope you are beaming with pride for your passion, persistence. “Darkness and Doubt” and “Angle” demanded an immediate rereads and brought smiles and “Amen”s. Leo

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