Refreshing San Antonio

Poetry and Art


Naomi Shihab Nye


Latino Professional

Today's Fax

This is our second attempt to recognize you as a leading Latino professional.

But first, I insist you recognize my German obstinacy.

My half-Palestinian humor that shakes things up in a jar.

My Swiss love for prompt arrivals.

My Texan affection for huge horizons.  

My St. Louis melancholy, gateway to nowhere.

If somehow, by living on a street that is 78% Latino, I have now become 

Latino, I insist you take a bite of these enchiladas before you fax anyone else.  

Maybe they're a bit odd, stuffed with black beans as well as cheese,

a frisky sauce, but time to pause at the table of worldly neighborhoods 

and relax, then tell:  what makes you think I'm professional?