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Mother Knows Best: My Mother's Name Lucha

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Juan Felipe Herrera

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Juan Felipe Herrera with his mother Lucha Herrera Quintana
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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