Augustine Tagaste

Author of Poetry and Prose

Peter is Pedro

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I speak Spanish

A shade of brown

Somewhat whitish

Mind still sound

 

Sometimes I pass

At times the other

Permanent underclass

Latino undercover

 

Behind blue eyes

Caribbean spirit

Fearful I hide

In shameful disguise

 

Born an American

Nationally rejected

Outside the plan

By leaders disrespected

 

Patriotic orphan

Unwanted at home

Small half-man

Prejudice flows

 

Constitutional myth

Forefather’s dilemma

Our people exist

Society’s anathema

 

Equality denied

Made the lesser

Refusing to hide

Standing together

 

Fighting walls

Bending bars

Storming halls

Healing scars

 

Apologizing not

Being ourselves

Children forgot

On democracy’s shelf

 

Strange rightwing panic

Their power guarded

Against evil Hispanic

Persecution started

 

Celebrated ignorance

Rhetoric of hate

Deep national trance

Evil infected state

 

Reversing the dream

Perpetuating a myth

Uniformity never been

Fake historical bliss

 

Diversity not new

Equality will bloom

Listen freedom’s truth

E Pluribus Unum

 

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