I              wanted              to meet time
                                              so, I watched grandma crochet.

                              Life___ without_____a_____hook
                              ______is eternity without a loop.

                              The story of frutería and Levi’s factory
                              ______work, quiet, lurking, true,

                              pressed_____at the_____seams of
                              ______these exposed anís hands.

                              I wanted to___learn_____secrets
                              ______like those folded in her cedar chest,

                              crinkled road maps persuading us
                              ______of where we are from.

                              Were__we____from_____ 1907
                              ______crossing the__Mexico_____border

                              from Nuevo León, or were we from 1892
                              ______crossing the Rio Grande from Coahuila?

                              Were we from where Ma Grande carried her
                              ______indigenous tongue, or were we a poem

                              not yet written except on DNA results,
                              ______ten___percent middle eastern facts.

                              Were we from where God mended a broken wing
                              ______one too many times?

                              Or were we from the yellow, cotton
                              ______yarn she suddenly ran out of?


Cedar Chest Secrets explores faith in the unknown by drawing from what is already known of family and heritage. What do you know about your family from stories you’ve been given and how does that challenge your faith as a Christian woman? Are your curiosity and healing rooted in faith? All is reconciled in heaven, beyond this earth. God has given us what we need in this life to press on and it is a cedar chest of secrets until we meet our Creator.

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Carolina Cisneros
Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros is a Tejana poet, freelance writer, and mom. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Lookout Magazine, Rock & Sling, and others. She is a regular contributor at The Mudroom and is a member of Redbud Writers Guild, Christian Women Communicators of Color and The Red Couch.
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