Apricity Press Issue 2 March 2017 - Page 25

SPECTRUM OF HAIKUS FOR MY KALEIDISCOPIC PEOPLE JAVIER PEREZ

Racial Definitions noted by the General

Captaincy of Guatemala, 1770

1. Spanish with Indian produces a Mestizo. 1. Moonlight slants on you

like a dancer held midair

by two ghost-pale hands.

2. Spanish with Mestiza produces a Castizo. 2. Tree roots will dance when

the requiems on your tongue

scratch our palates blue.

3. Spanish with Castiza reverts to Spanish. 3. Blood-mixed Atlantic

thrice-crossed to anagolize

the Resurrection.

4. From Spanish and Negro comes Mulatto. 4. Garnet-red soles womb

volcanic soil for our

fertile sojourning.

5. From Spanish and Mulato comes the Morisco. 5. The earth mourns nightly

by the jiquilite pulp.

Greyed colony.

6. From Morisco and Spanish, the Albino. 6. Cumbia, dyed

from indigo obrajes,

encrypted in blood.

7. From Albino and Spanish the Turnabout. 7. To cauterize a

wound will birth mythology

out of sandy scars.

8. Mulato and Indian engender the Calpamulato. 8. Stars regimented

to retomb on Holy Week,

1625.