Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I TOO AM SINGING AMERICA by jjméndez

I Too Am Singing America

As I scrub your dishes, pots and pans
With skin-piercing detergents in the greasy
Kitchens of your restaurants, hotels and grand chalets
I too am singing, America!

As I clean your lawns, parks and highways
In brazen heat and bone-chilling winds
And make you proud of your streets and railroads
I too am singing, America!

As I harvest your bounty under the scorching sun
In the bosom of your fertile fields while
Breathing pesticides that permeate your fruited land
I too am singing, America!

As I tile your floors and tar your roofs
And paint your walls with lead-filled hues
While my limbs grow numb and arthritic 
I too am singing, America!

As I fine-tune and lubricate your gas-guzzling SUVs
Hand-wash and caress your sedans with the finest wax 
My aching back and joints guarantee your gleaming cars  
I too am singing, America!

As I count and assemble your disposable widgets and gadgets
Under artificial light and sweltering heat and floating ashes
Inhaling the rancid indoor air of your sweatshops and factories
I too am singing, America!

As I splinter the veins of your mines in search of precious metals
In the cavernous bowels of your majestic mountain ranges
Taxing my skin and lungs inhaling nauseating dust and gases 
I too am singing, America!

As I care for your prolific poultry and inbred cattle
In the viscera of your prodigious farms and ranches
Surrounded by dusty silos, sloshing waste and squalor
I too am singing, America!

As I march into your battlefields and global confrontations 
And leave the indelible stain of my blood in your trenches
To uphold the inalienable rights given by your Constitution
I too am singing, America!

As I toil proudly in the 187 hues and tones
Interlacing the legacy of my ancestry, I bestow on thee 
The transcendency of my Raza Cósmica’s genome
Anticipating the day you become a rightful part of me…

                                            I too am singing, America!

© 2008 jjméndez

Mural painting by Diego Rivera: Man Controlling the Universe


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