Sunday, August 21, 2016




---------------- Virgo

La virgen,
pura como una gota de azogue,
en la cintura un cinturón de zafiros,
reina sobre la tierra mudable.
-------La vigila Mercurio
mientras ella ordena cuidadosamente
las cuentas de cornerina, de sardónice
----en la calma de la noche plena.

-----------© Rafael Jesús González 2016


The virgin,
pure as a drop of quicksilver,
girdled with sapphires,
reigns over the changing earth.
-------Mercury watches her
as she carefully orders
the beads of carnelian, of sardonyx
-----in the calm of full night.

-----------© Rafael Jesús González 2016


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Full moon: naked ladies by moonlight


The naked ladies

bathe in the light of the moon;

I leer from my door.

Their perfume scents the moonlight

to provoke dreams of flying.

-------------------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2016

Las damas desnudas amarilis belladona

se bañan en la luz de la luna;

miro lascivamente de mi puerta.

Su aroma perfuma la luz lunar

para provocar sueños de vuelo. 

--------------------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2016


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nagasaki, August 9, 1945


Let us keep a moment of silence for Nagasaki which, three days after Hiroshima, August 9, 1945 seventy-one years ago was victim of a nuclear bomb. Never, ever must we allow this to happen again. 

Guardemos un momento de silencio por Nagasaki que, tres días despues de Hiroshima, el 9 de agosto 1945 hace setenta y un años fue víctima de una bomba nuclear. Nunca jamás permitamos que esto vuelva a suceder.

A young girl dying
taught the world to fold paper
cranes — still there is war.
Blessings written on their wings,
oh, paper cranes, fly for peace.

---------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2016 
Sadako Sasaki by Juana Alicia

Una niña muriendo
le enseñó al mundo doblar grullas
de papel — aun hay guerra.
Bendiciones escritas en sus alas
¡O garzas de papel! vuelen por la paz.

-------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2016


(to make an origami crane) 

This is our cry. This is our prayer. 
Peace in the world.

 Este es nuestro grito. Este es nuestro ruego.
Paz en el mundo. 


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hiroshima. August 6, 1945

It was on this day in 1945, seventy-one years ago, that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another on Nagasaki. We must never let it happen again; let us work for complete nuclear disarmament throughout the world.

It's said that if you
fold one-thousand paper cranes
your wish will come true.
For peace I would gladly spend
the rest of my days folding.

----------------------------------------© Rafael Jesús González 2016


translation into Japanese and calligraphy 
-by Prof. Naoshi Koriyama 
Fue en este día en 1945, hace setenta y un años que los Estados Unidos dejó caer una bomba atómica en la ciudad de Hiroshima en el Japón. Tres días más tarde otra en Nagasaki. Debemos asegurar que jamás pase otra vez; trabajemos por desarmamento nuclear completo en el mundo entero. 

Se dice que si
doblas mil grullas de papel
se cumplirá tu deseo.
Por la paz felizmente me pasaría
el resto de mis días doblando.

----------------------                    --------© Rafael Jesús González 2016

In June of 1983, about a thousand of us imprisoned in Santa Rita Prison because of blocking the entrance to the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, California, where nuclear arms are designed, occupied ourselves folding cranes from old newspapers; among us all, we made many more than a 
thousand to send to Japan. 

El Solsticio de Verano de 1983, cerca de mil de nosotr@s pres@s en la Prisión Santa Rita a causa de haber bloqueado la entrada a los Laboratorios Lawrence Livermore en California donde las armas nucleares son diseñadas, nos ocupamos doblando grullas del papel de viejos periódicos; entre tod@s hicimos mucho más de mil para enviar al Japón.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

San Francisco Poetry Podcast TV, Monday August 15


Hosts John Rhodes & Clara Hsu
August 15th, Monday, 6-9 PM
816 Sacramento Street 

San Francisco, California
Clarion Music Center
John's Guest Poet
: Rafael Jesús González 

Clara Hsu's guest: TBD

All Guests will have a chance to be on the open mic to youtube.
We may need a lottery for the open mic if it is too crowded.

Please join us
as we film the latest TV Show!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Before the Democratic Convention


On the eve of the Democratic Convention convenes, I trust that it will be very different from what I saw of the Republican convention, a dark circus of buffoons and clowns not in the least amusing, leaving one gravely doubtful of their intelligence and sanity but not at all of their lack of compassion and decency. It was a fest of bigotry, racism, misogyny, homophobia, chauvinism, bellicosity, arrogance, fear, hate, and lies. Not a pretty sight or sound. I forget how long it has been since it was respectable to be Republican.

But, to be truthful, for a politician to call himself or herself a Democrat is no indication of sound values either, so far right has the Democratic party drifted corroded by neo-liberalism, its policies often little different from those of the neo-cons. For that reason we should expect, nay, demand that the Democratic convention be contentious though certainly with more civility and dignity than what we saw in Cleveland, but contentious still; there must be debate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has called for us to stand behind Sec. Hillary Clinton and so we must. We must stand behind her to back her against the Trump/Pense menace but also to push her to leave off or significantly modify her neo-liberal policies.

Her choice for Vice-Presidential running mate “centrist” (read neo-liberal) Sen. Tim Kaine, who favors Wall Street and supported the TPP and such “Free Trade” treaties, is not encouraging. (Though she could have done worse with Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack on her short-list, an advocate for Monsanto who also supported the TPP, reflecting her neo-liberal values.) But we must nevertheless elect her to thwart an outright, brass-knuckled, oppressive fascist regime under Don Trump.

Of this let us be very clear: we must elect her overwhelmingly, not as a mandate to neo-liberal policies, but as an unequivocal rejection of the Trump/Pence threat and to buy us time and space in which to carry on our grassroots revolution we began with Bernie Sanders’ campaignIn campaigning for her election, let us be clear that we are campaigning for the issues that we demand she promote whether they appear on the party platform or not:

Vote for Hillary Clinton & Stop the TPP

Vote for Hillary Clinton 
& a 15$ an Hour Minimum Wage

Vote for Hillary Clinton & Just Immigration Reform

Vote for Hillary Clinton & Fight Climate Change

Vote for Hillary Clinton 
& Free Public Education Through College

Vote for Hillary Clinton & Ban Private Prisons

Vote for Hillary Clinton & Expand Social Security

Vote for Hillary Clinton & Universal Health Care

Vote for Hillary Clinton 
& Control the Banks & Wall Street

Let us make no mistake; it will not be easy. Trump taps into a deep and extensive vein of misogyny in the U.S. psyche that will be leveled against her, and of a racism that made Pres. Barack Obama the target of more threats than any other president in U.S. history. This is why we cannot risk the temptation to vote for a third party candidate, a write-in, or not vote at all — to do so might soothe the conscience but might lose us the struggle. Many of you disagree with me, I know, but consider carefully before casting your vote.

It will not be easy for we come to the struggle in grief and justified rage that what we most love is threatened and at stake. It is about great human suffering here and throughout the world. Black lives do matter; and Latino lives, indigenous lives, Moslem lives, women’s lives; the lives of our homosexual and transgender brothers/sisters matter; as do the lives of those who die for lack of food, shelter, health care; the lives of those who die in our perpetual wars in the interests of the 1% matter. The life of the Earth herself matters. Our joy is compromised and our anger is justified. Let it empower us to take action but not corrupt the action we take that must be firmly rooted in love and compassion.

It will not be easy, but let us not be immobilized by fear or loathing. Let us wear all our pins, be steadfast in our love and compassion and do what we must do with as much joy as we can garner, with as much color and song and dance as we are able, for only light can conquer darkness. Let the gloom, the sneer, the twisted smirk on our opponents’ faces be their undoing. If we make our revolution a celebration of life, who in their right minds could resist? Let us keep in mind the things we love and struggle to defend — and celebrate them.

I will be glad to vote for a woman president; I only wish it were a woman I could support whole-heartedly and with full trust. But, hey, we are forced to what choices we have and must do the best we can with them. Let it be our very best. In our love is our power, in our joy is our strength, in our hope  our endurance, in our determination our victory.

Rafael Jesús González

Berkeley, California



Thursday, July 21, 2016





El león, ojos de carnalina,
colmillos, garras de sardónice,
lleva en el pecho corazón de rubí
que guarda el fuego fijo del valor.
-----Anhela devorar al sol
-----y mudarlo en oro
que surgiera por sus venas
como río caliente de luz.

----------------© Rafael Jesús González 2016



 The lion, carnelian eyes,
fangs, claws of sardonyx,
carries in his breast a ruby heart
that holds the steadfast fires of courage.
------It desires to devour the sun
------and turn it into gold
that would run in his veins
like a hot river of light.

----------------© Rafael Jesús González 2016