Numbers 11:29

 

The prophesies of 500 years ago:

a dreamer sees a column of fire,

each flame a word gone,

each flame a body gone.

 

A dreamer sees a two-headed man

rip bodies like paper.

 

A dreamer catches a water bird

with a mirrored, infinite face,

star clusters as directions.

 

The power of the prophecy

is not that it foretells

the future

but that it shakes us

into seeing

our present.

 

The problems of the day:

giving up the children,

continuous war,

instruments of killing

available so easy.

 

Away with them, the leader said.

I do not want to hear about the now.

 

Take the dreamers

beyond the water’s edge,

slide an obsidian knife

into their hearts.

 

The prophesies of now:

we can’t be safe seeking a place to sleep,

we can’t be safe showing up to work.

A house emptied by deportation,

filled the next day

with voices

that do not know.

 

 

The heart of pronostico

is to know

 

tense,

past,

present,

future.

 Sandy Rodriguez, De las Señales y Pronosticós & I.C.E. Raids de Califas. 94.5 x 47 in. Hand processed dyes and watercolor on amate paper, 2018

Sandy Rodriguez, De las Señales y Pronosticós & I.C.E. Raids de Califas. 94.5 x 47 in. Hand processed dyes and watercolor on amate paper, 2018

 

 

 

Nahuatl, Spanish, English, Hebrew texts

swirl and explain

in different sounds

the same awe of creation.

 

The teaching this week

is that we are all prophets

through our aid,

through our screams,

through the sanctuary

we offer.

 

The teaching this week

is that our sister stood up

to speak next to the prophets.

 

The map in front of you

is a story written in ink

of blue clay dust,

boiled shoots and petals,

and the blood of white dots.

 

This is our sister’s travels

into mountain, desert, forest.

 

See the smoke and flames

send tears into the sky.

 

See animals

of our own making

between the fibers.

 

No

one

will burn this codex.

 

This story

will be spoken by us all,

a shower of word glyphs

into the clouds,

as seeds of water

to return and quench

every

one.

 

 

 

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez