“When Life” by Jimmy Santiago Baca …

Jimmy Santiago Baca

When Life

Is cut close, blades and bones,
And the stench of sewers is everywhere,
Blood-sloshed floors,
And guards count the dead
With the blink of an eyelid, then hurry home
To supper and love, what saves us
From going mad is to carry a vacant stare,
And a quiet half-dead dream.

 
         – from Immigrants in Our Own Land

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on October 10, 2011.

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