a prayer for my people

ferrel dessert child howls at the moon

up 4am in lines to ravish rotting pieces of an education system rigged only for a few

border hoppers

river crossers

children of sinking ships

and broken rafts

a dream of someday overcoming hardship built upon the blood, sweat, and backs of my sisters

my tired sisters

they’ll make you barter with your identity

thumb through history books desperate for reflections of you

pages of ancestors dripping blood from being forced to birth the “New World”

start fearing your people to the point that you’ll snarl at the very thought of starting a family w/ one of your own

you speak with a forked tongue

split in half by two nations

scare yourself to sleep because you’ll barely make it through the day w/o breathing fire

always welcomed labels demonizing you: mexicano, indigeno, native, undocumented, queer, tranny, faggot, immigrant child

paid cash upfront to do things someone would only do out of survival

a tired sun beads my peoples foreheads w/ sweat

moistening the earth beneath them being raped from over-cropping

spraying chemicals making women birth dead babies

eventually we’ll do the bees work too

for 10 cents a flower

speak of extinction like we play no hand in the bee kingdoms demise

like if it was fate who disappeared the Native American world(s)

when it was Spain who forced the hand of God unto my people

half breed mestizos

exotic enough for sexual consumption

but forever dirty to be always kept in the shadows of this country

don’t forget the stories of your brown skin

it’s been 500 years and what has changed?

I pray my nephews understand the matriarchy boiling in their veins

resurrecting lost legacies

breathing my first true breaths

my first conversations with God

(Inspired by Ariana Brown’s, “Wolfchild” & the state sanctioned deportations of 2015-16)

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