• Claribel Ortega

About My Son



I want to tell you about my son


Because he’s really smart and he gets straight A’s


Because he’s an athlete and he’s funny and kind


I want to tell you about my son


Because he’s never said a curse word in front of his mother


Never come home drunk or high


Never punched a wall or driven too fast


I want to tell you about my son because he’s tall too tall for his age


Too big too strong too present


Because he’s too beautiful


He’s too young


His parents from and land of water and sun

But his skin is too dark


Someone will see him


Someone will notice


I’m scared I’m scared I’m scared


If something happens they’ll say he asked for it


He deserved it because he had something on him he didn’t have


Because he’s a bad kid and nobody knew


But I want to tell you now, none of it’s true 


Just in case


Just in case


Because I’m worried everyday


We’re worried every day


We’re tired every day


We’re angry every day


Angrier and angrier


So, I want to tell you about my son


Because he’s good and he’s kind


But even if he wasn’t


His skin isn’t reason enough


For him to die

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