¿Don’t you know none of us get work visas?
Not all of us can afford coyotes. Most
walk, swim, train, run through countries
that bribe us.
Let me repeat,
not all of us can afford to wait around the block
5am to 4 pm just to get denied
by the US embassy.
We curse gringos,
get fucked up, blow our pisto, then passout,
¿don’t you give a shit?
Every September 15
we miss marching through town,
singing your anthem with drums,
trumpets, and pom-poms.
We’re real hijueputas:
the buy-it-alls, the curse-it-alls,
away-from-home-alls, the pessimistic-
most-pessimistic cerotes of the world.
you’ve got to learn to love
the Nahuatl-Pipil-Lenca blood
running through you.
You’ve got to know
you’ll never be