Archie loves Betty, but Betty loves Petra
and Danny wants whatever the person next
to him has. And the poor want to be rich
and the rich want to live forever. And Henry
fears Miguel and Miguel who has done nothing
fears the white police. And Jorge tries to explain
to his son what a border is, why this handful of
dirt is different than the dirt across the river.
Yet in the dark soil we finger when no one is
looking, we’re silent as trees; inching through
the earth while growing toward the light.