Mixed Media Work and A Poem: Crossing

This is a mixed media piece I finished before I left for South America. It is called “The Crossing” and is about Mexican laborers risking their lives to cross the border. I just finished this poem to go with the painting.

THE CROSSING

Not so fast.
Do you really think I won`t make it?
Death and I may sleep in the same bed,
But I was built for survival.
I will cross this chingado river
And this God-forsaken, pinche desert
To mow your lawn
Harvest your food
And clean your house
So that my children may eat.
Because – this I swear to you –
My children and death
Shall not sleep in the same bed.
Whatever it takes.
Whatever it takes.

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