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Madre de Maiz 

"Her lines tell stories.    

Starvation and plenty balance 

Beauty beneath the bone. 

Radiant Reyna who has renounced

fashion trends and crash diets.

Who has accepted the 

Responsibility of timelessness.  

Having held children and worked rightly 

since the beginning and even rebounded 

After a life-long relationship with death, 

Respect is expected. 

With the breath of life in her breast 

And the light of acceptance in her heart, 

All she sows grows, la madre de maíz. 

Nuestro verdad. 

Muchas gracias por su cariño,  

Your crying, your dying and resurrection 

Of the sun some sixty summers ago.

The way you stare is a stairway to heaven. 

Having walked across celestial

jungles, oceans and deserts, 

You have shed more myths

And made more magic 

Than we can possibly ever comprehend. 

Master of disguise. Keeper of lies. 

Pain and anguish that you will never show. 

To behold such beauty is to bear fruit. 

And said fruit shall feed roots 

As these roots keep us connected. 

Laughter almost undetected. 

Subtle signs 

of love."

-- Poem by Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour 

-- Painting by Rica Smith de la Luz



Rica Smith de la Luz is a mestiza artist, who grew up, and also raised a daughter in  Santa Cruz, California. Her passion for feeding people and nourishing them on all levels brings her into their most honored celebrations as a naqasha (henna artist), dancer and private chef. As a wild-crafter and naturalist, she believes in food as medicine. She draws inspiration from nature and folk art, and the wisdom of her ancestors. Her ink studies and henna drawings  are featured in the Sacred Poets line of activated apparel. She is available for mural commissions, tattoo design, and private events.


Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour is a Poet, Artist and Emcee from the midwest now living in Santa Cruz. A Filipino and French Creole fiasco, he has struggled as a young parent and worked countless jobs. Today, his daughters are grown, he has true love in his life and he wants to share his art, his heart, with you.

Please reach out for poetry performances, digital art/life events and language exchanges.