poem index

Mother Knows Best: My Mother's Name Lucha

Written by

Juan Felipe Herrera

Contributor Page


Printer-friendly version

If she were here, she would say, "Ay, Juanito, que bonito, how beautiful, what does it mean?"


My Mother's Name Lucha

your hands my hands 

kindnesses  dances   silences sitting   you i

	El Paso  Texas  Segundo Barrio 

Juarez  1918     1936 in gypsy    dress actress  

you sing    i sing we sing    lullabies of old

this   now lines now   	my birth

heart now life 

				all life    now

                  i   bow 		  to you

A young Juan Felipe with Lucha Herrera Quintana.Copyright © 2012 by Juan Felipe Herrera. Reprinted with permission of the author. All rights reserved.

Photo from JFHerrera Familia Photo Archive 1888-2012. Reprinted with permission of Juan Felipe Herrera. All rights reserved.