Celebrating National Poetry Month: Poem by Jacinto Jesús Cardona

Ice House circa 1964

I restock the icebox with Lone Stars, Pearls,

Falstaf, and Jax, a cold bed of longnecks

for men who take pride in their sweat,

men like El Pajarito, El Dormido,

El Queque, El Escándalo,

crumpled paychecks dangling

from their shirt pockets,


They wait for the life of the party, El Garbanzo,

who drives a restored 1953 Chevy Bel Aire,

like a resurrection on the street with Little Joe

and the Latinaires blasting the eight track,

his glass pak mufflers purring cantos

of crankshaft, the ashtray smug with the butts

of past Lucky Strikes.

— Jacinto Jesús Cardona

Jacinto Jesús Cardona is a San Antonio poet who teaches at Incarnate Word High School. For information about National Poetry Month events in San Antonio, go to npsmsa.org

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