As the New Mexico legislature gets ready to debate and vote on the domestic partnership bill next week, this short but strong piece by Albuquerque icon Margaret Randall
seems especially appropriate.
Margaret Randall grew up in Albuquerque and returned here to live after more than a quarter century in Latin America (Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua) during the sixties, seventies and first part of the eighties. Upon her return and because of the content of some of her books, she was ordered deported under the McCarran-Walter Immigration and Nationality Act. She and many friends fought in her defense, and she won her case in 1989. Most recent among her many books are NARRATIVE OF POWER, STONES WITNESS, INTO ANOTHER TIME and TO CHANGE THE WORLD: MY YEARS IN CUBA (just out from Rutgers University Press). Forthcoming from Wings Press in San Antonio is THEIR BACKS TO THE SEA.
Margaret is also a photographer. She is having a first show of color photography at Central Photographic, a small gallery located at 4312 Lomas NE (near Washington). The show will go up March 2nd and run through April 2nd. The reception will be on Saturday March 14th from 3 to 7 p.m.
Between the Old Year and New
—for Linda Gilky and Nancy Parker Wood,
murdered in their car, New Year’s Eve 2006.
Sometime between the old year and new
horror leaps to your eyes
and life stops
with a sound too loud, too harsh.
Did he watch you kiss? Was there a kiss
or look, some sign of unacceptable love
triggered his rage?
Perhaps he knocked on your car window,
perhaps you lowered it to ask
if he needed help. Snow fills the air
as he shoots you in the face, then fires
a second time at your lover’s chest,
the woman your obituary called good friend,
who shared your life
where dogs and cats
still wait for you to come home.
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