Under the Lemon Tree

mathew 23:27
woe on to your scribes
and pharisees, hypocrites!
For ye are like unto whited sepulchers
which indeed appear beautiful outward but
are within full of dead men's bones
and of all uncleanness

positive influences
family and friends
who have always been by my side
preventing mictlantecahtli\'s grasp
from taking me to mictlan, land of no smoke hole
by praying for the release of my soul or salvation

the lemontree surname
lovely, loving sisters in arms
fighting each other ridiculous reasons
using father's illness, an excuse for bloodshed
words are more dangerous, sharper than a knife, drawing blood

one who bears a burden
loving each other openly
respect i had learned from each and much more
together you fought battles for each other's life
let us bring peace to our family's name together again

memories are special
cherish them always in my heart
family is forever and a day
our grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins
father, mother, sisters brother, nieces, and nephews

the perfect family
i grew up loved, as the firstborn
each aunt very different from the other
like a garden of dahlias each assorted color
all seven beautiful, honorable, independent

xocotl a lemon
a quauitl is a tree
together, in nahuatl, lemon tree
my family's surname i honor and respect
sweet, bitter, energy, good mood, like a family

it is a family
name in the aztec language
mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, and son
it is also our grandparents, grandchildren, aunt\'s, and uncles
all inclusive, no exceptions, our blood, accept it

a misunderstanding
hate, disdain, cruelty, blood, pain
sisters fighting over inheritance
broken laws, arrests, lawyers, money, false statements
taking what is not ours, and creating animosity

matriarch's lonely grave
sisters break as chocolate
grandmother would have not ever suspect
seven daughters' love gone awry with disrespect
no more teaching the importance of love of family

entertained by daughters
defending his favorite always
watching them fight for a plot, not theirs
sisters loyalties shift, showing favoritism
it is not his land alone, he only owns a small part

the lemons of discord
talking ill about the sisters
blaming each other parent\'s illness
who will watch grandfather? Everyone is busy
not common sense if you know better to work together

an unwarranted help
brought into a war by default
most kept out, no harm done, three stayed fighting
those with the ability to talk should hold tongue
sisters fight alone be fought, children need not to be involved

at patriarch\'s death bed
sisters blaming each other
jealousies of all unfaithful husbands
cheating lovers, loyalty earned at gunpoint
too much money and dominance are not enough for them

they forgive and accept again
sisters, brother, and cousins are reunited
preparing weekly dinners is a tradition
our youth will one day run the world with love not hate

i do wish this should be
family closes boundaries
cousins met, present spouses and children
sisters with loose morals stop calling faithful whores
taking a closer look at tails to see how clean they are

it means family
to meet again, or the first time
from across borders to local cities
together again for one special evening
honoring my grandmother's last dying wish to break bread

the author of this book
andres fragoso, jr.
Son, nephew, cousin, brother, uncle
family unity is essential to him
why must relatives fight amongst each other, and not love?

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