Domestica – From the Archives – For the Poor

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled 5 -4 that the Trump administration could ban issuing Green Cards to immigrants whom the government determines “MIGHT  become public charges,” effectively banning the poor.  Next time you go to Vegas or stay at a Trump property, take a look around.

The housekeeper lady
whose fatherless son can’t read
cleans the room
slipping quietly in and out
making beds, changing sheets,
placing breakfast trays outside the door.

Guests who casino in the morning
spa in the afternoon
cocktail by the pool
club through the night
find the bed always made
until turned down
when as if by magic
chocolates appear.

As the shadows lengthen
housekeeper lady rides the bus
for invisible women
to invisible places
picks up fried chicken with rice
hopes her son will come home soon
dreams of her father
and flowers in the gardens of Mexico.





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 Domestica – From the Archives – For the Poor

  1. beetleypete says:

    I remember this one. But I am happy to read it and enjoy it again. As many times as you choose to repost it. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Very poignant. I always make an attempt to see and speak to any hotel personnel. Of course I won’t be staying at a Trump property.

    Liked by 1 person

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