An Immigration Reflection

A reflection on an interview of Luis Alberto Urrea by Bill Moyers on PBS, May 6, 2012


He says he looks Irish
He does –
His mother’s side.
Once had an accent
From Tijuana –
His father’s side.
An American –
With a border heart
That feels and shares the pain
With ears
That hear and convey the hope
With eyes
That peer through the desert heat waves
Toward a better life – a mirage?
Writing and writing, he writes
Writing for us to read
Reading that we might listen
Listening that we might understand
Understanding that we might share
And lend a voice
How many voices
To fill the silence?
How many “illegals”
Before our brown brothers and sisters
Are seen?
How many rejected souls
Before we give refuge,
A loving refuge?

© 2012 Thomas W. Cummins

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