Juan Felipe Herrera: Where we toil siempre in the garden of our struggle and joy

LET US GATHER IN A FLOURISHING WAY

 Juan Felipe Herrera; Mexican-American; born 1948; 2015 Poet Laureate of the United States

     300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-1

300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-8               300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-2

with sunluz grains abriendo los cantos
que cargamos cada día   
en el young pasto nuestro cuerpo
para regalar y dar feliz perlas pearls
of corn flowing árboles de vida en las cuatro esquinas
let us gather in a flourishing way
contentos llenos de fuerza to vida
giving nacimientos to fragrant ríos   
dulces frescos verdes turquoise strong
carne de nuestros hijos rainbows
let us gather in a flourishing way
en la luz y en la carne of our heart to toil
tranquilos in fields of blossoms
juntos to stretch los brazos
tranquilos with the rain en la mañana
temprana estrella on our forehead
cielo de calor and wisdom to meet us
where we toil siempre
in the garden of our struggle and joy
let us offer our hearts a saludar our águila rising
freedom
a celebrar woven brazos branches ramas
piedras nopales plumas piercing bursting
figs and aguacates
ripe mariposa fields and mares claros
of our face
to breathe todos en el camino blessing
seeds to give to grow maiztlán
en las manos de nuestro amor.
300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-3 300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-6
300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-7
300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-4                   300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-5
A mural with added incised and painted ceramics; Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, 2006; 300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown.
300 block of Girard Avenue, Fishtown-8

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