General Poetry posted December 2, 2022 Chapters:  ...5 6 -7- 

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Between Two Worlds

A chapter in the book Deconstructing the Greats

Crossing Borders

by Heather Knight

Here I am
In no man's land
Inside this truck.
It's hot, it's dark.
The adults whisper,
'coyote', 'trap'.
I tilt my head,
I tell my mum,
I thought
a coyote
an animal.
She shushes me, but then
'This one is worse',
she says.
She gives me water,
Dad gives me bread.
I cannot breathe,
I cannot see.
I go to sleep.
When I wake up,
Mum doesn't move
Though her eyes stare.
What can she see?
Dad does not stir,
Nobody does.
Then the door opens
I see a flash.
A kindly voice
'Are you okay?'
And then a sigh.
Steps, FBI vests.
It's like a film.
They come to me.
'This little girl!
She is alive.
I need a medic.'
I wonder what
will happen next.
Am I of this country?
I have no-one.


This poem was inspired by Richard Blanco's Como Tu (2019).
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