Blind Eye – A Repost for Election Season



Young Mexican picker man

rises from a mattress on the floor

of a dilapidated trailer

shared with nine other mattresses.


buys a chicken bag lunch

from the local seller of chicken bag lunches

climbs on board the contractor bus

with contractor boss man.


Young Mexican picker man

plucks tomatoes to fill his bucket

under the blazing Florida sun

his sweat anointing our Florida earth.


Piece work at forty five cents a bucket

thirty two pounds of tomatoes

less than penny and a half a pound.

It is cheaper to rent slaves than to own them.


Picker man wants a tiny house

circa de su familia

and so he toils with his woman and son

in plain sight yet sight unseen by all of us

for all of us the blind eye turned.


Behind the gates of  Mar-a-Lago

in the county of the picker man

amid the laughter

a black tie ball.


Christ in the Eucharist

as invisible as the cost of red tomato

mixed with an ounce of vodka

a poor man’s labor and a dash of

a woman’s tears.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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3 Responses to Blind Eye – A Repost for Election Season

  1. beetleypete says:

    Loved this the first time, and it doesn’t lose any power from a second reading.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jfwknifton says:

    Absolutely right. Our farmers do the same. Exploit people from poor countries and treat them like dirt.

    Liked by 1 person

    • toritto says:

      Here in Florida the “Fair Food” program began several years ago. Tired of asking the farmers for better wages, the activists went to the mass buyers of tomatoes and asked for a penny more a pound to go directly to the pickers. The likes of Big Mac and Wal-Mart eventually signed up and eventually many of the tomato growers. The super markets, lead by Publix are still resisting. A penny a pound from all the buyers puts an additional $50 – 70 dollars a week in a migrant’s paycheck. I have serious doubt that Florida tomato growers want Trump to send their pickers back to Mexico. The crops would rot on the vine. Regards from Florida.


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