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The Poetry Of Michael Muller: Latino Fire Latino Pride

37165_1662680044753_1169784834_1823522_6587965_n Born in Syracuse, NY in 1968.  His father was Venezuelan. Since he never knew his father growing up, he decided to forge his love for his Latino roots in his own way, mainly by taking Spanish in High School and College.  From there he also became a devout fan of Salsa by listening to the old Saturday night Salsa radio program on WBFO in Buffalo, NY, in the late 80s and early 90s. He also became very engaged into attending Latino festivals in Western, NY and also taking up Salsa dancing.  His love for poetry began when he visited NYC in 1997 and purchased books by Miguel Pinero, Martin Espada and Sandra Maria Esteves.  He began writing mostly haikus but has also developed a free narrative style focusing on Latino issues, current events, and different things going on in his life.

Here is a sample of his work.

"Latino Fire Latino Pride"

A fire burns

but it does NOT destroy

it is a fire

of ENERGY

a fire of LATINO PRIDE

that INSPIRES the heart

that EMPOWERS the spirit

of the body

it dwells inside.

This fire of Latino pride

reminds the woman

and the man

to never forget

where they are from

and to always do

the best they can.

It inspires us all

to make our presence KNOWN

in every city

town

and nation

and to pass the torch

bright with HOPE

to every YOUNGER GENERATION.

This fire ENCOURAGES

Latinos ALL

TO NEVER SURRENDER

with backs to the wall

to THINK

and DREAM BIG

so that above the crowd

we may always stand OUT

we may always stand TALL!

The Poetry Of Michael Muller: Latino Fire Latino Pride