Was it early morning,
or beyond its edge?
And so, at a certain age
I stepped out to bear the world
my shadow was twice my size;
my image still untold.
I’ve been told beware of intimations—
clinging to my unspoken silence, I sensed
the howling wind had griefs of its own.
Was it late afternoon,
or before its turn?
This poem was taken from Hay Otra Voz
Tino Villanueva emerged as an important voice of Chicano expression in the early 1970s. A poet and an academic, his personal endeavors as a writer were stimulated by the struggle for socio-political emancipation and the heightened cultural awareness that characterized the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The poetic voice for him is an existential affirmation of being by which one achieves salvation from silence, chaos, and annihilation.