Diego Rivera Mural Song
Pan-American Unity

by Michael Calvello
1
The long body of the snake Quetzalcoatl
white fangs coming at you
blue yellow
red plumes

2
the brown Indians smell the earth
one of them wants to fly
he stands with yellow paper wings

Indians are making jewelry
making a fire
deer-headed Indians
weavers musicians
and the huge brown hand
Latino hand earth hand
with four turquoise blue stars
raised to you

3
Indians watching Washington
America beginning to form
and the Indians dying
under silver bayonets, bullets
black cannons

World Wars
The steel machine has steel fangs
and part of a brown hand

Half-flesh, half-robot
The face is white-gray, brown
Steel fangs facing you

barbed wire Nazi wrist
holds a dagger
the American flag is draped over an arm
holds the dagger away

a dead body over barbed wire
sick yellow insect man
tear gas man over barbed wire

4
all of us sitting among steel machines
but there is
man and woman
they hold thin roots
a tree of life
between them

she wears a white dress
he a blue shirt
blue jeans

and Diego
almost lost in all of this

an artist
painting a misty sailboat