Hey, Mr. Tecalote’!
Hey Mr. Tecalote’! (lock, load, click!) You are still just a buzzard circling under another name!
You can hide behind your acronymic letters: BLM, EPA all day long…
But still you are a vulture! Though you are now bigger in number you play the same old game!
A scavenger that feeds on the carcasses of the weak and the strong…
It’s time for you to go home now! To your land where the Babylon towers scrape the sky tame!
Purple Mountain Majesty, Field’s Fruited Grain, land where I belong!
It’s much too dry out here to hydrate your delicate skin; sun- sand abrasion leaves you lame!
Hear this Tecalote’! That which leaves you weak made us very strong!
We cling to God and we pack a gun, for centuries we’ve settled, live, and thrive in the same!
And I’m wondering, “Who the heck made you king?” Your way is wrong!
Environmental-dream -fallacy! Who puts food on your plate? Gas in your car? It’s not a game!
Misuse our land for your power? You will in the future sing hunger’s song!
Crush the workers, the creators of wealth; break the back-bone of this nation; all your shame!
In New Methico there is a new harsh saying; a “Breaking Bad” cynical-song…
In this empty desert there are lots of holes and there is one waiting especially for you to claim…
Tecalote’ en su compadres, narco traffickers! Starved out! Meek are strong!
Reference Key: Tecalote’ is Spanish for buzzard, vulture, or scavenger. Historically, in New Mexico it is a peasants term used for those who rule over them by oppression. New Mexico’s history is ancient and we have seen many Mr. Tecalote’s come and go. It is a statement of defiance and endurance.
“There are many holes in the desert” is a newer common expression derived from the Narco-culture over-riding everything now. I use it to reference the estimated 100,000 Mexicans murdered in Northern Mexico, during the past ten years in the drug and human trafficking war over trade routes into the U.S. It is also, a reference to those refugee/immigrants who died in the desert trying to cross over to a better life after their agricultural economy was crushed by NAFTA. It is a reference to all who’ve died in New Mexico as a result of trafficking and as the result of using drugs. Tecalote’s and traffickers are well-known bed-fellows and together they dig holes and fill them with the bodies of people no one cares about but they are also, digging their own graves and will end up in the same holes.