Killing an ant with a nuclear bomb. Exaggeration
Stoning a woman right after she’s been raped. Abomination
Creating the final solution to exterminate a wandering nation
Inexplicable and contradictive. Killing cancer with radiation
Tormenting and torturing without mitigation
Crying at the bottom of the sea to drown your sorrow
Fighting foreign wars all over the world in a continuous row
Committing suicide today for things that will disappear tomorrow
Saint Sebastian expiring and still receiving another arrow
Asking money from a beggar when he has nothing to borrow
God never lies. You can’t insist
Begging God to make me believe he doesn’t exist
Asking God to become friends with Satan so evil can cease to exist
Declining access to hell even if I persist or desist
Satan always lies. He can’t resist
There’s no solution or substitution for disillusion
There’s no compensation or restitution for revolution
Brain surgery is needed for a mind so narrow
And heavy and impossible to carry in a wheelbarrow
Angry and nonconformist, I raise my fist
Only to be censored, disqualified, and dismissed.
Visalia, CA. 04-11-2012
Author: Edmundo Barraza
Edmundo Barraza was born in Durango. He grew up in Torreon, Mexico. He now lives in Los Angeles, Ca. Even though he became an American Citizen in 1990, he still considers Torreon his hometown. He was seven when he saw his first movie. The screen was the exterior wall of a church at the top of a hill. A Spanish film about a baby left outside a church by his mother. He never stopped watching movies after that. He began writing short stories in 2009. His love for cinema pushed him to turn his own stories into scripts and then to film. In 2015 he shot his first short film, "The Corpse Is Alive," which won thirteen nominations at different film festivals worldwide. "Drugs And Chocolates" and "The Psychic" have also won numerous awards. Some of his favorite film directors include Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Sam Peckinpah, Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and many others. His favorite music includes The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, The Clash, Temptations, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, and many others. "Playing pool, listening to rock music, and having a beer is great, but reading a book, writing a story, or watching a good film is even better. I hate guns and evil political leaders, racist people too. I love good people. Children are the most precious thing in the world. I aim to shoot a feature film based on one of my stories."
Edmundo is married to Consuelo Barraza. They have a daughter and a son, Michelle Solano and Carlos Barraza.
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Woah. This is powerful. You are so right about being non-conformist; in these days, we have to bring down complacency with our uniqueness.
Thanks a lot, my feminist friend.