Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Monday, April 03, 2006

The Barrio

The Tucson Barrio

Dreams were lived in these homes.
Lives lost--Lives begun.
Men and women loved and hated.
Children played and cried.

Sometimes you can hear their voices in the wind.

One time a freeway threatened the neighborhood’s existence.

The shrine saved it or so some say.
The city loomed ever closer.

But the neighborhood persisted.

New families came.
Some to find and reclaim

Today as yesterday,
the barrio is
and will be....


Pam in Tucson said...

ElTiradito and the nearby barrio are some of my favourite places to visit. You've captured the spirit beautifully.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I have been to some of the poorer parts of Tucson as one of my SO's parents lived there, but never to El Tiradito or the barrio you so beautifully photograph--with blue doors. I love blue doors. I have been to many of the shrines and pueblos in New Mexico, however, and I swear you can feel the spirits hovering--in a good way, the ancestors. Have you been to the Heard Museum in Phoenix? I think it is one of the best American Indian museums I've seen.

Continue to enjoy your trip. Does it make you wish you lived there again?

Ingineer66 said...

cool pics rain as usual. What is the significance of the blue door? Or did I miss something.

Sonia said...

Love all these photos, Rain.
Really I am very impressed by this pictures of your reportage!

And thank you so much for your kind words about my tapestries and crochets.

Rain said...

Someone else may know more about the turquoise doors that are common throughout the Southwest. I have thought they bring good luck and have turquoise edging my door in Oregon and in Tucson a turquoise screen door. I don't know for sure beyond the fact I love them :)

JunieRose2005 said...

I just found your site (from Maria)

The pictures are wonderful! :) I'll be back to explore again!