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spacer.gif   Gregorio Gomez
Posted by : cj on Friday, December 03, 2004 - 04:28 PM
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Poetry:  Click On The Author's Name Ode To My Father

“Vete por la sombrita, como matando pajaros,” my father once told me after I asked with outstretched hand to borrow his beautiful two-tone Olds – when I was but a kid…he left me with a puzzle look since I had no idea what he had meant…but I do now…

That’s what I kept thinking as his family gathered around him or should I say “El Tigre” his new self-imposed nickname to let us all know that even at this stage of the game he was still “one bravo hombre” to reckon with…

He would raise both of his arms in the strong man position just to prove his point. “El Tigre” was not going to allow death to knock the chip off his shoulder that easily-- nor was he to let his family see fear in his eyes. But instead he would brighten the room with his smile and looked around to make sure that we all got the picture…

On Friday afternoon when he spoke to my brothers Raul and Guillermo with his eyes—he asked them to gather his children and his children’s children so that we could converse one last time – to bid our farewell and as we spoke and he responded with deep breaths – a sense of calm engulfed his being…

This man, my father, don Hipolito, who traveled the land of his birth on top of railroad box cars – opened his heart and the winds of hope swept him until he landed here in the city of winds where his roots anchored firmly. And with strength and vision raised his family – who like the tentacles of an octopus grew in all
directions…







In his memory today we gather to celebrate his life in music song and prayer…to thank him once again for showing the way for us to follow, for opening the doors for us to enter, for teaching us, integrity, respect – honor…

So today I ask my brothers and sisters to stand tall – shoulder-to-shoulder and carry the torch that was passed on to us. To take
care of his most valuable treasure, his pride and joy, the light of his life, his companion of sixty years, his chaparrita, our mother…

And so I kept thinking Pops “vete por la sombrita, como matando pajaros” and I clearly heard the whistles of the trains in the far off distance as if they too were here to pay homage and have come to pick up his spirit to give him “El Tigre”, my pops his last ride on the rails as he journeys to meet la abuelita who waits for him to be at her side once again…

 
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