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A poem not intended to be about immigration

We put a dog dish in the backyard, a big-dog bowl, not far from that dog’s grave. Shady, we called her, a rescue, stolen really, chain cut from the crack house where she was a guard dog – sweetest tempered … Continue reading

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What I did instead of marching — Families belong together

I am not marching today — instead I officiate at a wedding. The readings are printed in Spanish. The bride is radiant; the groom, (as grooms often are) would rather be with the kids in the basketball league, but the … Continue reading

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Watching Matthew 8:20

In the small strip of woods between my house and the high school a fox family lives this summer and we watch them in the twilight hours and early, early in the morning. Tod and vixen and four kits dance … Continue reading

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So I will give you some Bible (eve of World Refugee Day)

I hear Obed and he is crying for his Mami, and his Nana, too, and Naomi has more bitter than she has ever known, and Ruth is wailing, like a many times broken woman. But this is a time of … Continue reading

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A Child Laughs — Litany for Traveling Children

There’s an old nursery rhyme – “Tuesday’s child is full of grace.” In October I started sharing sections from the new book — A Child Laughs — Prayers of Justice and Hope (edited by Maria Mankin and Maren C. Tirabassi) Pilgrim … Continue reading

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A permanent status for tears

The woman said to me — I was from El Salvador but I live in the United States now. I have a mortgage and two children in school. I have a job and pay my share of taxes and I … Continue reading

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U-Visa by Yosimar Reyes.

This young poets words must be heard! Tio beats tia purple and blue one day is an eye another is an arm no cops are called because here on this block cops are bad here cops separate families here on … Continue reading

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