Every year

I return to Mexico

and relish in the music that floats

into my ears and heart

the songs of the trees and the butterflies

the beauty of my land

I have marveled at the way the sun

glimmers and shines

as it takes a dip in the underwater city

that is a river

It’s called “El Arroyo”

a natural habitat

natural what a beautiful word

we need more natural

in L.A.

Why does the L.A. River have concrete?

El Arroyo doesn’t

Why must it be contaminated?

El Arroyo isn’t

My Arroyo who gives protection



and a home

to those who need it

You have lived for many years

Our L.A. River

needs more natural

let’s let go of

The Concrete Age!

- Melissa Lopez