Tuesday Poem

To the Newlyweds in the Barrio

Subtract the size of the world
from an empty stomach
and over the difference construct a roof.

Wall up hunger
give it no room to spread
to the eyes, hands and feet.

Later you'll be able to afford a TV
to bring you reports
of soldiers invading with their shadows.

But for the time
all you can afford is a radio
and guilt as you dance around your house.

by Rebecca Gonzales
from After Aztlan – Latino Poets of the Nineties
David R. Godine, Publisher, 1992