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  • 61.
    Day of the Refugios

      In Mexico and Latin America, celebrating one's
      Saint's day instead of one's birthday is common.

    I was born in Nogales, Arizona,
    On the border between
    Mexico and the United States.

    The places in between places
    They are like little countries
    Themselves, with their own holidays

    Taken a little from everywhere.
    My Fourth of July is from childhood,
    Childhood itself a kind of country, too.

    It's a place that's far from me now,
    A place I'd like to visit again.
    The Fourth of July takes me there.

    In that childhood place and border place
    The Fourth of July, like everything else,
    It meant more than just one thing.

    In the United States the Fourth of July
    It was the United States.
    In Mexico it was the día de los Refugios,

    The saint's day of people named Refugio.
    I come from a family of people with names,
    Real names, not-afraid names, with colors

    Like the fireworks: Refugio,
    Margarito, Matilde, Alvaro, Consuelo,
    Humberto, Olga, Celina, Gilberto.

    Names that take a moment to say,
    Names you have to practice.
    These were the names of saints, serious ones,

    And it was right to take a moment with them.
    I guess that's what my family thought.
    The connection to saints was strong:

    Mu grandmother's name--here it comes--
    Her name was Refugio,
    And my great-grandmother's name was Refugio,

    And my mother-in-law's name now,
    It's another Refugio, Refugios everywhere,
    Refugios and shrimp cocktails and sodas.

    Fourth of July was a birthday party
    For all the women in my family
    Going way back, a party

    For everything Mexico, where they came from,
    For the other words and the green
    Tinted glasses my great-grandmother wore.

    These women were me,
    What I was before me,
    So that birthday fireworks in the evening,

    All for them,
    This seemed right.
    In that way the fireworks were for me, too.

    Still, we were in the United States now,
    And the Fourth of July,
    Well, it was the Fourth of July.

    But just what that meant,
    In this border place and time,
    it was a matter of opinion in my family. read more »

  • 62.
    Butterflies And Kites...Goodnight

    Balloons on strings,
    Sailing, bouncing June
    Into July kites skimming
    Tails like afternoon read more »

  • 63.
    #76 Haiku Poetic Pause

    Oh my love I fear
    I shall die of a broken
    Heart away from you read more »

  • 64.
    Oh Paris

    Ah, to be in Paris in the rain
    The tower dripping wet
    The pavement like moist sheets
    Beneath our bodies read more »

  • 65.
    (676) What Children Worry About


    Mommy, mommy
    what’s going on in the world today? read more »

  • 66.
    Three Haiku

    (Haiku written by Mary Naylor July 18,2007

    The butterfly drifts read more »

  • 67.

    Thick humid air of mid July
    Eavesdrops the unheard chants
    Fills the sky with gray tales of woes
    Pours down the dire tears of blue read more »

  • 68.
    Summer Heat Haiku

    summer heat
    a line of ants moving
    across Das Kapital read more »

  • 69.
    Pear Haiku

    peeling my pear
    in a thin, unbroken spiral...
    hometown memories read more »

  • 70.
    Winter Mist Haiku

    winter mist
    another bowl
    of veggie soup read more »

  • 71.
    Christmas in July

    Who says you have to have Christmas
    Every single year in December?
    Is there a rule or even a law?
    If there is, I certainly don't remember. read more »

  • 72.
    Chronicles Of Wasted Time

    Another season gone
    Winter, spring, summer, fall
    Squandered schedules
    Consumption of the clock on wall read more »

New July Poems

  1. Accum'd, Nicholas Crowson
  2. American Holidays, sherif monem
  3. 12th July, Alexander Onoja
  4. HAIKU 2, Cheryl Griffith
  5. Christmas in July, Marilyn Lott
  6. Do not leave us, Sadiqullah Khan
  7. Much Grief, Sadiqullah Khan
  8. Looking at the past, BrokenHeartPheko Motaung
  9. Surfers Beach, Nancy Terrell
  10. Those Good Tomatoes, Donal Mahoney
  11. THE W . . . . . R, A. P. Herbert
  12. Rites Of The Seventh Month, Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu
  13. Havana Girls, Floral Flower
  14. Nature Of History, Masereka Amos
  15. July, Ruth Walters
  16. July, Vinz Poetry
  17. Summer Love (Haiku), Billy Lewis
  18. creepy visions, david gerardino
  19. July, Gregory Huyette
  20. Sometimes in June, Stella Omoregie
  21. The Seventh Month, Monty Gilmer
  22. The Fourth Of July (Love And Rockets Red.., Justin Gildow
  23. The 5th of July, Andrew Horsey
  24. July 21st,1980, Ricardo Antunes
  25. Young America, Carolyn Wells
  26. July, irum inayat
  27. July, Laa Finita
  28. The Sunny Months, Joyce Hemsley
  29. Autumn In July (rated in group), (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  30. Only On This Day..., (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  31. A Day Like No Other..., (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  32. That Autumn Day In Mid July., (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  33. Days Like This...Remind Me Of You, (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  34. New York... Not In Autum, (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  35. The Day...Was You, (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  36. Mid July? Or Not, (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  37. Autumn In July, (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  38. *930 RUBY BIRTHSTONE OF JULY, John Knight
  39. My Heart Is In July, Niji Chrys
  40. Autumn...Will Never Be The Same, (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  41. Autumn In July, Waldon Pond Productions
  42. I Will Smile, Tracey Tucker
  43. haiku - 216, Dagmara Anna AuraDagimar
  44. haiku - 202, Dagmara Anna AuraDagimar
  45. haiku - 193, Dagmara Anna AuraDagimar
  46. sunny spell (2), Maria Barbara Korynt
  47. July 4th, Roberto Fletchero
  48. ! JULY!, Rema Prasanaa
  49. ! SONG OF JULY!, Rema Prasanaa
  50. July, Gurpiar Sidhu
  51. July...., Natasha Ligons
  52. CANCER RISING, Aldo Kraas
  53. #83 Haiku Cotton Candy Clouds, A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  54. Who will save who?, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  55. # 62 Haiku Winter Night, A Poet Who Loves To Sing ... ..
  56. Hatred evokes pity, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  57. ! ! ! MIND (Haiku) ! ! !, Rema Prasanaa
  58. Today sounds like Yesterday...., Jessie Li here
  59. July, Assorted Thoughts
  60. Fourth of july., Roy Storey
  61. Haiku # 89 Copy Cat, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  62. Haiku #82 Listen To Your Heart, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  63. Haiku # 82 Listen To Your Heart, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  64. Haiku #81 Powder Puff Dreams, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  65. Fragment III, Kay Barcelon
  66. Three Haiku, Mary Naylor
  67. Haiku #76 Poetic Pause ****, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  68. Haiku #62 Winter Night, Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  69. You Remind Me Of, TR Jones
  70. Damp Days, JoJo Bean
  71. Chronicles Of Wasted Time, JoJo Bean
  72. Goner Girl, Barry Van Allen
  73. Beginnings, David Harris
  74. It Was July, Vallerie Lobell
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