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MOTHER WAS A DANGEROUS WOMAN


By Fernando Esteban Flores


Era mujer Americana Mejicana

American Mexican woman

born to parents

whose only crime was

to cross a strip of land

that had always been home

Cradled in the lap of misery

Suckled at the hearth of hunger

Risked her roots & like

The mythic Phoenix rose

From the dust of dearth

willed her way into the world

& put on her American-ness

with an eye for fashion

& a bit of understated elegance

measured her success

Valedictorian of her high school class

educated smart pretty

widowed at 25 her drive

became family & finance

Like a Wall Street banker held a firm grip

on a government security rank

Romance behind her

Loyal to her duty & her vows

Modeled femininity’s true grit

Renounced profanity’s cheap perfume

for a more urbane bouquet

Read the classics

Loved enchiladas boleros

telenovelas poetry

mythology & math

Rarely drank never smoked

Took no legal or illegal drugs

Mujer Madre

Madre Mujer

Doble peligrosa

Por ser

Woman Mother

Mother Woman

Doubly dangerous

For being



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FERNANDO ESTEBAN FLORES

Fernando Esteban Flores is a native son of Tejas, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has taught writing at various San Antonio secondary schools.

He was selected as Teacher of the Year three times (twice at SSAIS D, Dwight Middle School-1992/2002 and Robert C. Zamora Middle School-2008, SSAISD) and South San Antonio Independent School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2008.  He was also a candidate for Trinity University’s Prize for Excellency in Teaching 2008.   In addition, he received 2 ExCEL awards for excellence in teaching from KENS 5-TV. 

Fernando is the founder of a group of eclectic seasoned and emerging poets, Voces Cósmicas who have been promoting poetry, art, and music at different venues throughout San Antonio since 2012.



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