Tonight. Tonight in Camaguey, in 1870
My great-grandfather joined the Rebels
who fight slavery after watching a woman’s baby
like a pea shucked out unto the square
her “master” in name only hadn’t given
his “property” permission to have a baby.
Tonight. Tonight my uncle waits on the banks
of El Ebro, in Spain, for another fascist attack.
His Mosin broken in the last fight tossed aside
only the bayonet in his left hand, ready.
Tonight. Tonight my father dragged out of bed
by a death squad out to the porch
Where my mother, pregnant, pees herself
waiting for the shot which never came:
one of the men had been my father’s student.
Tonight Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney
drive down a dusty...