5 Haiku Concerning Chicanismo
by Daniel A. Olivas


    Chicanismo? you
    ask.  I do not understand
    what the big deal is.


    I try, using my
    Stanford and UCLA
    degrees, and you shrug.


    Born in this great land,
    but of Mexican parents,
    two cultures beckon.


    So, I say to you,
    "Chicanismo" is a war
    of two bloods in me.


    And I do not miss
    the irony of using
    Haiku to explain!

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