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I out in the sunshine with the Spanish-

speakers they take their lunch I take mine.


I’m not sure if we’re sharing the same

sun or if the motion passed and that’s been

outlawed now.


It doesn’t matter:


is segregation enough.


They finish

their whispered homemade laughing break and then

begin sweeping the area around

my feet.


No one asks me to move although

I can feel them wanting me to.


There were

times when I could speak with them without a

reason to act as translator.



I stay seated and know I’m no better.

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Brian McGackin

‪Poet Brian McGackin is the author of BROETRY and DEATH IN THE RICK. He lives in Los Angeles and drinks a lot of Guinness.‬

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