“Ode to Cinco de Mayo” by Gary R. Hess

Cinco de Mayo Dancers

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays. I get to celebrate two of the greatest things in the world: Mexicans and Mexican food. Even though this is actually an American holiday, I still like to celebrate it wherever I am in the world by writing poetry, drinking beer, and eating some delicious softshell tacos. Come on! Want to celebrate with me this year?


An American Holiday
for our Mexican friends.
The best of our cultures
merged and united.

For this day,
this aromatic day,
full of smiles and giggles,
flags and fiestas,
and Godly dishes,
is but only the fifth of May.

Oh Cinco de Mayo,
you’re my favorite fake day,
leaving me with much gaiety.

I can’t wait
for your sombreros and cervezas
to line our streets with joy
and make us all Mexicans
for this glorious holiday.

Gary R. Hess

Gary was born and raised on a small farm in rural Kansas. Today, he is teaching various nationalities English in Southeast Asia. Get his newest poetry eBook here.

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