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Green Chile - Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca

I prefer red chile over my eggs
and potatoes for breakfast.
Red chile ristras decorate my door,
dry on my roof, and hang from eaves.
They lend open-air vegetable stands
historical grandeur, and gently swing
with an air of festive welcome.
I can hear them talking in the wind,
haggard, yellowing, crisp, rasping
tongues of old men, licking the breeze.

But grandmother loves green chile.
When I visit her,
she holds the green chile pepper
in her wrinkled hands.
Ah, voluptuous, masculine,
an air of authority and youth simmers
from its swan-neck stem, tapering to a flowery collar,
fermenting resinous spice.
A well-dressed gentleman at the door
my grandmother takes sensuously in her hand,
rubbing its firm glossed sides,
caressing the oily rubbery serpent,
with mouth -watering fulfillment,
fondling its curves with gentle fingers.
Its bearing magnificent and taut
as flanks of a tiger in mid-leap,
she thrusts her blade into
and cuts it open, with lust
on her hot mouth, sweating over the stove,
bandanna round her forehead,
mysterious passion on her face
as she serves me green chile con carne
between soft warm leaves of corn tortillas,
with beans and rice–her sacrifice
to here little prince.
I slurp form my plate
with last bit of tortilla, my mouth burns
and I hiss and drink a tall glass of cold water.

All over New Mexico, sunburned men and women
drive rickety trucks stuffed with gunny sacks
of green chile, from Belen, Beguita, Wllard, Estancia,
San Antonio y Socorro, from fields
to roadside stands, you see them roasting green chile
in screen-sided homemade barrels, and for a dollar a bag,
we relive this old, beautiful ritual again and again.


Comments about Green Chile by Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • Gold Star - 12,076 Points Frank Avon (8/25/2014 1:56:00 AM)

    This is not one of Baca's best poems, but it is delightful! (Someone needs to proofread it.)

    Looking at his work as a whole, he is one poet I would put of my list of future candidates for the Poet Laureatship. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Jose Murguia (1/22/2009 1:30:00 AM)

    this is the dumbest poem ever a 0! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1 (Report) Reply

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Poems About Green

  1. 1. Green Chile , Jimmy Santiago Baca
  2. 2. The Echoing Green , William Blake
  3. 3. The Force That Through The Green Fuse Dr.. , Dylan Thomas
  4. 4. Being Young And Green , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  5. 5. Green Mountain , Li Po
  6. 6. Men In Green , David Campbell
  7. 7. Green Grow The Rashes , Robert Burns
  8. 8. Now Spring Has Clad The Grove In Green , Robert Burns
  9. 9. There Is A Green Hill , Cecil Frances Alexander
  10. 10. Miss Lloyd Has Now Went To Miss Green , Jane Austen
  11. 11. A Green Crab's Shell , Mark Doty
  12. 12. Camps Of Green , Walt Whitman
  13. 13. Green Groweth The Holly , Henry VIII, King of England
  14. 14. Green, Green And Green , Sylvia Chidi
  15. 15. Green , David Herbert Lawrence
  16. 16. The Green Linnet , William Wordsworth
  17. 17. Meet Me In The Green Glen , John Clare
  18. 18. The Color Of The Grave Is Green , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. The Village Green , Jane Taylor
  20. 20. 'Green Bananas' , Linda Winchell
  21. 21. Who Goes Amid The Green Wood , James Joyce
  22. 22. Green: The Color... [green Things] , Bri Edwards
  23. 23. Green Thumb , Philip Levine
  24. 24. The Green Alligator , Sidi J. Mahtrow
  25. 25. The Green Bowl , Amy Lowell
  26. 26. Form The Green Helmet And Other Poems , William Butler Yeats
  27. 27. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  28. 28. How Many Shades Of Green , Shalom Freedman
  29. 29. Across The Green Fields , Marilyn Lott
  30. 30. Green Fields , William Stanley Merwin
  31. 31. In The Green And Gallant Spring , Robert Louis Stevenson
  32. 32. Small Is The Trust When Love Is Green , Robert Louis Stevenson
  33. 33. Green Grass And Blue Sky , Aldo Kraas
  34. 34. The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God , John Milton Hayes
  35. 35. The Gardener Lxxxiv: Over The Green , Rabindranath Tagore
  36. 36. The Green River , Lord Alfred Douglas
  37. 37. Oh! Green, Stay Green! , Valsa George
  38. 38. A Lush Green Garden , David Harris
  39. 39. Lines Written At Thorp Green , Anne Brontë
  40. 40. As Through The Wild Green Hills Of Wyre , Alfred Edward Housman
  41. 41. In The Shade Of The Green Wood , ANDREW BLAKEMORE
  42. 42. Green. , Charles M Moore
  43. 43. Blue Wall / Green Wall , Risha Ahmed (12 yrs)
  44. 44. Ireland's Meadows Green , Joyce Hemsley
  45. 45. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! * Green Of Wild*! ! .. , Dr subhendu kar
  46. 46. Sonnet For The Green Eyes , Aldo Kraas
  47. 47. Visit Malaysia Year Haiku - Cameron High.. , john tiong chunghoo
  48. 48. Ode To The Green Grass Of Summer , RIC S. BASTASA
  49. 49. My Collard Green Romance , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  50. 50. The Red And Green Sky , Daniel Richards
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