Poem: A Reality Set In Too Soon

In response to the administration’s January 8th decision to eliminate TPS for Salvadoran immigrants:

A Reality Set In Too Soon

Rain drops slide down the car window
helpless little raindrops
thousands of little rain drops
sliding down the window
one by one
Tap, tap, tap
A solid drum
A grieving melody
I was late for school
I couldn’t bring myself to get out.
Reality has set in too soon this year.
But at least the headline is catchy:
SELF DEPORT BY SEPT. 2019

He is illegal.
“Undocumented, please say.”
No.
He will be treated like a criminal.
As if he has not worked
As if he has not lived
For this so called:
American Dream
He will be referred as “them”
The white man signs a paper
And just like that:
He no longer belongs.
SELF DEPORT BY SEPT. 2019
Or stay
and
change his address,
quit his job.
lose his health care
withdraw himself from society
go into the shadows
with all the others….
and be an ”illegal”

Grieving transpired to classwork
The teacher’s lips were moving
But I could not hear a thing
I felt like throwing up
My thoughts were too loud,
That familiar solid drum
Fear
It’s fear of losing him
It’s so painful to think about
But that’s all I can think about.
Just moments ago
I had cried in his arm
and he cried too
“I can’t lose you,”
“You won’t”
But his words held doubt
it held a promise we both knew
he would be forced to break
and it only made me cry harder.

And so we mourned that morning
And watched the other raindrops
With blurred vision
slide down the window of the car
the way tears had streamed down our broken faces….
Helpless little raindrops
Hundreds of thousands of little rain drops
Sliding down the window
Tap, tap, tap
A solid drum
A grieving melody
Reality had simply set in too soon this year.

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