Sunday, September 30, 2018

On the Road: Rumi in New Orleans

photo © Mark Butkus 2018
Rumi north of the Lower Garden District.

The wound
  is the place
    where the light
      enters you

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Neruda Pastoral

photo © Mark Butkus 2008
A Bar None Group translation of Pablo Neruda's poem Pastoral.

Looked always to the mountains, rivers, clouds
Picked up the pen to write about the soaring bird
or the spider in it's web

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Corrido por Juana Gallo

photo © Mark Butkus 2012
Chica Juana Gallo en Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico.

Entre ruidos de cañones y metrallas
Surgió una historia popular
De una joven que apodaban Juana Gallo
Por ser valiente a no dudar

Friday, September 14, 2018

Oh My Golly

photo © Mark Butkus 2017
Beyond the wall.

Mi hermano Juanito se murio en TJ
Shot in the back crossing the border Thursday
Vamos to Amerika
Trabajo en factoria
La puerta es abierto
Esta es para mi? Que?
Oh My Golly