Who’s Story Do We Tell?

Poetry by Mike Sonksen
The Great Wall of Los Angeles by Judith F. Baca
Music by Cuñao (cunaomusic.com)
Poem based on Mural by Judy Baca.
Read the text here:
Who’s Story Do We Tell?

Whose Story Do We Tell?

(Homage to Judy Baca & the Great Wall of Los Angeles)

By Mike Sonksen

1.

Judy Baca paints to interrogate 

whose monument where?

Whose story do we tell?

Baca paints public history 

Inventory in the inner city 

The Chumash animal spirits 

escaped the La Brea tar pits

Canoeing to the Channel Islands

with a school of blue dolphins 

California was Turtle Island

before gente de razon colonized 

Long before Cabrillo & Portola

Grizzlies roamed the flora

of marshlands & willow thickets

The legend of Califa

Junipero Serra envisioned 

21 Spanish missions

44 Pobladores built the pueblo..

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