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Sandra Cisneros, Latinas Unidas

May 6, 2010

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and in solidarity for las mujeres unidas in Arizona, a poem by Sandra Cisneros.

Ole Maids
My cousins and I, 
we don't marry. 
We're too old 
by Mexican standards. 
And the relatives 
have long suspected 
we can't anymore 
in white. 

My cousins and I, 
we're all old 
maids at thirty. 

Who won't dress children, 
and never saints-- 
though we undress them. 

The aunts, 
they've given up on us. 
No longer nudge--You're next. 

What happened in your childhood? 
What left you all mean teens? 
Who hurt you, honey? 

But we've studied 
marriages too long-- 

Aunt Ariadne, 
Tia Vashti, 
Comadre Penelope, 
querida Malintzin, 
Senora Pumpkin Shell-- 

lessons that served us well.

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