Rules and Restrictions

by Catalina Herrera

Apparently here in Denver everything is in order, perfectly clean, cars well parked; they work on time and everyone owns the latest models. Everywhere there are rules and restrictions written on street signs that guide our day-to-day. This arrests my attention and upsets me a little bit. For a Chilean person, this is hard to follow. Of course, I enjoy some order, enjoy cleaning, but I don´t like be asking all the time if what I´m doing is right or wrong. I don´t have space to make mistakes because I´m "new" and I always worry about cops, people’s aim, street signs, etc.... I believe in the common sense and sometimes here I can’t be creative; I can´t be me and that makes me afraid.


Great Star

sadness gnawed the eager white human at college
finally life colored him like a great star
to wish under in a field
with Mexican Indian families
as kids play in Levis and jackets


Boyish Joy

to touch
boyish joy

Today beautiful disappeared
& wonderful appeared
& flowers dreamed
& silver dove called
& I did follow

Laws prohibit and destroy
private persons


From "Word on the Street"
Installation at Denver Center for the Performing Art
August 2016