Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Night the Wind Shook the Pillars of Heaven by Carlos Leonardo Najera

           Sometimes, especially starting in late October, the coolness of the night bathes the town in refreshing sweetness. The night air is drenched with the scents of things growing. The sweet aromas of alfalfa and even manure from the feedlots … Continue reading

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Half Burro Half Mesquite by Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid

Carlos Najera (1908-1999)           Many people have asked me how it was I got to be so old. And I have answered it is because I am mestizo, half burro half mesquite.           I was born on a hill in … Continue reading

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Calexico 1912 by Carlos Najera

This is downtown Calexico. The official border crossing is four blocks down the street and a turn to the left. The US/Mexico border line is directly behind the buildings on the left. There is an alley behind the buildings, and … Continue reading

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1911

That night when I left my tears at the foot of the altar              of the old Mission, I felt the pain and the weariness and the drudgery of futility. Upon leaving the mission grounds I heard the breeze whispering softly                                       and felt the … Continue reading

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The Whoop by Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid

          I woke up. My mother was looking down at me. She had a handkerchief covering her mouth. Then I noticed the circle of ladies also looking down at me with their mouths and noses covered. I could not see … Continue reading

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The Two Were One by Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid

It took a while to decide on the names of these two border towns. With little imagination, the town on the American side was named Calexico and the town on the Mexican side became Mexicali. They were both small at … Continue reading

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