Cyndi K. Gacosta

Freshman - 940 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
Artificial plants
Bed frames
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.

Topic(s) of this poem: immigration

Poet's Notes about The Poem

based on an article from the San Diego Tribune.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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