Birthright

Birthright

Please give me
another term
because what
I’m observing
is best described
as absurd

I am
first generation
born and bred
in the good ol’
U.S. of A.
I’ll be quick
to say
Te amo Peru
but
it doesn’t stop
my heart
from beating
red
white
and blue.

Walls are built
at the border
to establish
so called order.
Illegal aliens
are invading
but the skies
are clear.
They are people
undocumented
not thieves
El Chapo
or rapists
as stereotypes
would have you
believe.

I am
an anchor baby,
parents surviving
on 25 cent yogurts
bare floors
as a mattress
working
working
working
manual labor
lost in translation
being their Sacajawea
their motivating force
sacrificing their all
so we can have the most.

Immersed
to the culture,
celebrating the 4th
of July
waiting for fireworks
to illuminate the sky
1st place in the Geography bee
stretchy pants
for an all you can eat
Thanksgiving feast,
Deep roots in the Garden state
Proud Scarlet Knight
R.U. all day
Competitive
driven to succeed
defying the odds
23 with a master’s degree
paying it forward
teaching children
to be all
that they can be
my subject is Spanish
so it’s
que paso
dale
si se puede
bridging the gap
to prevent
ignorance
the chance to attack.

I am the
American Dream
exercising my free speech
holding steadfast
to the pursuit
of happiness
life
and liberty.

A song

A song

But not of desperation

instead

it’s a fight to believe

in the American dream

that I was raised with.

Physicians are in the position

to make life or death decisions

or if they even want to listen

to your symptoms.

we are all sick

with chronic limiting beliefs

pained with bills

and bills

and bills

making us ill

driving to kill

it’s dog eat dog.

We are suffering from

blurred visions

our dreams hiding

behind perpetual fog.

Yes we are sick

with food poisoning

Gmos

that companies blame on

UFOs.

meat infused with

growth hormones

dollar menus

causing

heart disease

diabetes

cancer

leaving

patients popping

pharmacy pill prescriptions.

Organic supermarket

fed by the rich

to make revenue

But inequality

and inequity

are not new

to this venue.

This country was built

by slaves

No one giving two fucks

about the lives

they gave.

We are sick

sick

sick

But America

you can still be beautiful

from the Redwood forests

to purple magic mountain majesty,

the fight is not over

nor the struggle to be free

Yes America

I’m fighting to believe

looking for a cure

for my symptoms

to be relieved.

1

1

Unified
We are the Movement
Change is how We are groovin’.
Coming together
Because Community
Means unity.

The village
Will raise the child
From every age
Feeling love
At every stage.
Schools the tools
To create whole people
Not testing
Limited brain Molecules.
Shaping them into jewels
Empowering them
To rule.
Working collectively
Because Community
Means unity.

True artists
At the top
Of the pay scale
Because culture
Is what they unveil
Defying perceptions
And drawing connections.
Art has no face
Its born out
Of endless time
And space
We collaborate
To form a
Community
Which means
Unity.

Let’s not pollute
With negativity
Guns that shoot
Or think that our Earth
is a place
To loot
Trees ripped from
Their roots
Animals skinned
For a new pair
Of boots
Instead
let’s Erase extinction
From existence
Save and preserve
Our Mother Earth.
A new era of
Conservation
Is achieved
With Persistence
Giving opportunities
To future
Communities
Which means unity

Some key values
Are all innate.
Amor
Paix
Salan
furaha
Peace
Love
happiness
Are sought after
Mean the same
In any Language
you speak

So let’s
Come together
To share
One love
One world
Be one
Human
Community
Because it means
Unity.