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Wednesday, September 29, 2021


by Alejandro Escudé

‘We must demand that national leaders create a fair and humane immigration system, including a path to citizenship for immigrants, and a safe and fair asylum process for Haitians and all others seeking refuge in the US.’ —Xochitl Oseguera, The Guardian, September 28, 2021. Photograph: Félix Márquez/AP

There are horses galloping 
Within the word, horrible.
Lashing at migrants, 

Centaur on the Rio Grande.

The water parts at first 
To let in the fifteen thousand,
Refugees from Atlantis 

Who bore a hurricane, a quake. 

Children held aloft by mothers 
With earth-bare arms.
I paint the scene for you 

In poetic bronze, a cowboy

Breaking a colt in chaps 
On a corner store in Sedona.
Only this bronze is flesh, 

A border patrol agent in chaps,

Lassoing a sun containing 
The origin of language. 
Syllables like hooves, 

Ten gallon hats, and boots along

The river the color of bronze, 
Dividing a land formed 
Of bodies from the land itself. 

Congo moon, Texas slug. 

Alejandro Escudé published his first full-length collection of poems My Earthbound Eye in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches high school English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.