Tagged: immigrant

somehow, we are all

somehow, we are all
americans until we
are not – immigrant

solidarity has always
been this fragile, unrooted
.
20211016:1045
y

wearing a ring for

wearing a ring for
a sense of belonging is
as real as sporting

the latest lingo, accent-
less, and still waiting to be stopped
.
20210818:0838
y

we gather in the

we gather in the
name of barbecue, seasoned
by our immigrant

preferences – every piece, cooked
low and slow, shares a story
.
20210117:1827
y

squeezed between cultures

perhaps nothing good

perhaps nothing good
ever comes from an over-
seas phone call – the same

immigrant stories – reasons
to come home, reasons to stay
.
20201209:2351
y

between model

between model
minority
and model
citizen
is a gap –
we are trying to
fill it with everything
we know, everything we
experience, everything
that comes our way,
plagued with blind spots
perfected by society
.
20160827:0710
y

on the one hand, the

on the one hand, the
body is still
warm, covered
by this share of
earth and sun
.
on the other
hand, the mind and
heart dream of
home, a rotation
of warming up
and cooling
in exile
.
20150227:0833
y

she said give

she said give
me your
tired, your poor

no one mentioned
huddled masses of
the tattered
and torn
.
20101029:2359
y

20090223:2335

(for a & r)

there is not enough room
for the undocumented
north of this jagged border
not on land, and under no
circumstances may there be
a deliverance in the obits
.
20090223:2335
y

20080502

i know you see them
they add up
not just one or two
sitting by an old wooden
post as you say but
hundreds of thousands
cornered

their families are split –
half of the children with
the other half without
papers; there are less
and less happy
reunions; and these days
the stakes are raised
higher, like the fence
upon which only
ignorance rests
judging comfortably
.
20080502:1611
y