border crossing…

wholesale deli life

normally
he would
have
ignored
the bodies
on the road
from
horseback
one
often
sees
such
dried out forms
along
the border
but
these
were smaller
than
usual
emaciated
hands
and
limbs
of
children
grasping
larger hands
that were
buried
in
the sand
hands
touching
each other
with
such a sense
of
belief
a belief
wanting
to
deny
that
death
could happen
in
this
promised land
of
freedom

an unknown soldier…

he had been
dead
for
a couple hours
but
no one noticed
since
he often napped
in
the afternoon
in
the shade
of
the war memorial
to
vietnam vets
he claimed
that
the figures
on
the memorial
were his unit
and
the one
leading the charge
was modelled
after
him
lots of folks
would just giggle
and
say
sure man
that’s you
though
there was
a strong resemblance
anyway
he said
it’s my
right
to sleep here
so no one
was really concerned
about
his long nap
could have been up late
making the rounds
of
restaurant bins
last night
you’d be surprised
by
what they throw out
so
he may
have been feeling
like
a stuffed cat
needing
to sleep
more than usual
so
no one was concerned
until
the police
showed up in the park
along
with a contingency
of
border patrol agents
making
one of their routine
round up
the mexicans
and
vagrants
strategic operations
it was then
when
his friends
got concerned
he didn’t respond
when pushed
by
an officer
of
the law
he
just
laid there
motionless
someone
said
he got buried
in one
of those
national
cemeteries

 

murders most foul…

graves
dug
by
the hands
of
ignorance
and
intolerance
graves
for
innocent
immigrants
uninvited
guests
of
freedom
buried
beneath layers
of
lies
and
procedural
justifications
buried
alive
with the pretense
they
can
dig
themselves out
while
chained
to
a nation’s
hate
have no doubt
this
is
murder
in the first degree
by
those charged
with
protecting
freedom

border crossing….

the heel
of his boot
push hard
against her consciousness
his words
struck her ears
with the same
sharp edge
understandable
but
with an accent
unfamiliar
to her
but
his uniform
was like
all uniforms
designed
to hide
reality
but
her fear
was pure
unlike her
by
day’s
end