Forgetting - Amanda Rosas

Days, weeks, months like these, you forget that the human spirit has
triumphed before. You forget that we ask the young to enter the senseless
nightmare of war, that tsunamis and hurricanes take down houses and
families alike with their tempest tempers at their evilest. That not so long
ago, colonization feasted on entire nations, then spat out their opal bones
creating calacas that learned to dance and thrive and be of the old world
bridled like a paso fino at the spine to the new. Conquistadores annihilated
the dreams of mothers who kindled fire, wove tradition, sang the ancient
songs of calm to their babies warm with smiles and trust in a nighttime bath.
And humanity continued, though not as before. I wonder if people thought life
would go back to normal, when water and land belonged to Mother Earth, or
when the daily bread of peace was more handheld than hostile. When languages
walked to the winged beat of nature and spoke of love and healing and accord.
When each day was like an embryo of resilience replanted. I know somewhere
within this contagion lies a universal and timeless passage where we, heads lifted
like sky, overcome. But the days are slow and the spirit dank with dungeon, in my
mouth the soot of firepit. So, I forget. When exactly do we get to that part where
we collectively triumph?

Amanda Rosas is a mother, runner, teacher and poet. She draws beauty, strength and creativity from the Latina women in her family and from her husband and three young daughters. Originally from San Antonio, Amanda works to preserve the memories of her Mexican-American ancestors. She participated in the Twin Cities Listen To Your Mother storytelling event twice in 2018 and 2021 for their pandemic comeback show, and her work has been published by Red Fez.  She teaches Spanish and women’s studies in St Paul, Minnesota, and designed the online Activism Seminar and Latino/a/x Identity course for One Schoolhouse.  As an educator, Amanda infuses social justice, storytelling, BIPOC history and youth empowerment into her lessons. In her writing and teaching, Amanda emphasizes our human connections to one another, inspiring hope and justice for the future of her children and students.