on a plane from atlanta to chicago: notions 130-131.

notion 130.

i was made in guanatos,
and all those kids roaming
are all just like me,
and i am just like them.

there is no difference
between us and them.

08.15.2005.

notion 131.

and i am just
like all my students,
we get trained,
start thinking,
eventually,
we will fit in,
and accepted by
los gringos americanos,
but no matter
how many degrees
i acquire,
i’m still nobody.
they still see me
like another Mexican,
wetback,
who got lucky,
but i ain’t need
no affirmative action
or a bilingual education
to defend me.
don’t expect me
to forget my culture,
and my parents’ history
so easily.

08.15.2005.

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