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America, The Continent

Saint Paul, 6 January 2007

Search dog-eared images of
de-lousing migrant workers
in bullet-riddled border stations

Look for glass negatives
of freshly shaven heads in
ramshackle fumigation shacks

Rise up from the earth
swaddled in garbage bags
needing an honest day’s work

Realize you are one acrid
kerosene bath baptism
from a better life