June 25, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Alejandro Escudé




American Cages



I thought I’d draw a cage for you.


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Or three cages,

each with a young child inside.


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The children were born

and they will come to die.


I thought I’d draw a cage for you

in the night,


in the terrible light,

in the seizing


of these children, who will meet

hundreds more children in American cages.


When you look inside a cage with a child in it,

how can you be sure you’re not the one in the cage?


I draw another three cages for you.


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Or three cages,

each with a voter inside.


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Three voters consternated

over immigration.


We hold their semblance

to the sun.


What does their sulfur heart whisper?


It is night in America.

It is day in America.


I could draw many more cages for you.






Alejandro Escudé

Alejandro Escudé

Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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