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The Ones Santa Ana Sold

We are
those who fled
the land of our birth,
those who built the great pyramids—
mute witnesses of Cortés’ destruction,
those who invented the Aztec calendar,
those who leave
our mothers,
our wives,
our children
because our country—
rich in oil— can’t feed us.

We are
the wet-backs that cross
the Río Bravo,
the brave ones that cross
the desert,
that drown,
that die of thirst
or sunstroke,
that are killed by vigilantes
or border guards,
those who passively conquer
the most powerful nation in the world,
taking back what once belonged to México.

We are
the traitors,
the starving Indians,
the Pochos,
the Chicanos.

We are the ones Santa Ana sold.