Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Becoming Visible

Becoming Visible

Odilia Galván Rodríguez

no longer invisible
you wish to banish us
back in time

to our quiet place
stooped in fields
in your gardens

kitchens loud
clattered and steam filled
laundry rooms 

quietly nurturing 
you and yours like our own

lucky if left with family
less so if latchkeyed 
lonely and locked in

scared to make a sound
lest neighbors call

living in fear
of offending 
of being visible

time and struggle
changed that game
people learned their rights 

to fight for what is just
to come out into the light


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