Cinco Mas

Death in the desert, otra vez

By Phil Goldvarg
Published on LatinoLA: July 24, 2002

Cinco Mas

News Item: Five Immigrants Die in the Desert

Five undocumented workers died in the 104-degree heat of the California desert this week. Hundreds of Mexicans perish each year trying to cross the border, with the numbers increasing dramatically in recent years due to increased militarization of the border on the US side under Operation Gatekeeper - 7/02

Cinco Mas

Cinco mas,
y mas y mas,
otra vez y otra vez,

desert claims mi gente del sol,
burning gatekeeper
of heavy handed borders,

there is no mercy
in wire fence,
armed guards,

familias sin comida,
sin agua,
sue?os vanishing in fire,

fade among lost sonrisas
de abuelitos,
were sand becomes heart's mask,

lagrimas flow en la tierra del sur,
la muerte circles el pueblo,
names drop before las puertas de los tristes,

los ni?os play en la plaza,
dreaming de el norte,
laughing at new adventure,

they grow to face poverty,
their own ni?os hungry,
remember hope lives en el norte,

early morning begins the passage,
they are cinco,
they are cinco mas.

Phil Goldvarg 7/23/02

About Phil Goldvarg:
Phil Goldvarg poet and artist in Sacras, Ca. Hgold42734@aol.com

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