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Olmecs rule

The news is out, down Veracruz they found the evidence,
Olmecs had the written word 400 years before Sumerians.
A Chinese claim predates all that, but let it rest.
Examine what it means to Mesoamericans!
Okay, you Spanish thinking converts to the English tongue,
Reflect a while, your reaching back predates the sum
Of everything that history shows, and heaven knows,
Perhaps you taught the World to write.
You taught the World to sing and dance, and in
Another guise you formed the mortar in the blocks
That holds no surprise to a Chicano. You’ve been propping up
The sorry state, it’s not too late to let them know.
Viva los Chicanos!

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Poem Olmecs rule - Ivan Donn Carswell