The Long Hot Summers

Share with your friends










Submit

“Throw a burrito at these bitches!”
Latina representatives called “Hoes!”
No running water
No toothbrushes
Drink water from the toilet!
Children detained, humanitarian aid be damned
U.S. patriotism run amuck.
A Salvadoran father and daughter die in the water
Running from violence, gang warfare, poverty
In their homeland
Homeland security.  For the rich, the powerful, the banks.
Homeland insecurity for the 99 percent.
I am a daughter of Chinese immigrants escaping hunger and poverty
In a small rural village
I am a daughter of Chinese immigrants thrown 
Into indentured servitude, prostitution, jailed at Angel Island, deported,
Murdered at Rock Springs, Wyoming 
Crowded into Chinatowns, Nihonmachis, Manila towns
With cubic air laws suffocating our bodies, coughing up blood,
Excluded for our nationality, as laborers of yellow and brown skin,
Buried in snow, building the railroad, reclaiming dams, creating fisheries.
Deprived of education because we weren’t white
No apologies, just citing historical facts,
Questioning “Make America Great Again”
Slavery   Rape Torture   Incarceration   
Not for the content of our character
Inhumanity for the sake of cruelty
Prized in exclusion, incarceration
Reveled in denial
Of toothbrushes, soap, beds, medicines
Chiseled in policies
Of fining long-time immigrants without documents
Refusing deportation, standing their ground in search of freedom
Crossing all borders of race, color, gender, nationality
As the daughter of immigrants
Battling long hot summers
Of every season
Genocide of indigenous people
Imprisonment of Japanese Americans in U.S. concentration camps
Terrorism on persons of myriad genders
Starvation of rights and dignity and bread for border crossers
Rape of our earth for profit and incessant war
We the immigrants
We the children of immigrants
We the workers for a bountiful society for all
Open the borders
For the love that is possible.

Share with your friends










Submit