Cyndi K. Gacosta

Freshman - 853 Points (San Diego, CA)

Segundas/Sobre reudas Poem by Cyndi K. Gacosta


Cross-border entrepreneurs of Tijuana
Scour the rock-bottom remnants of U.S. thrift-shop stock
They bid for televisions aren't sure to work, torn couches,
And blow dryers to food processors
On the asphalt left behind are the useless items:
A bowling ball, golf bags, old unhinged suitcases
Their weather-beaten vans tame the items with a cord
And drive through the I-5S freeway toppling six, eight,11 feet high:
Beach chairs
Rugs
Artificial plants
Lamps
Dishwashers
Bed frames
Sofas
Solid-wood dining room sets
But at the border checkpoint, where San Diego's poorest neighbor watch
From behind the fences, the officer with his sunglasses
Slipping down his long thin nose waits for the vans to stop
And tells them to unpack the mountain heap for inspection.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Topic of this poem: immigration


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based on an article from the San Diego Tribune.

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