“Endangered” is part of BELatina’s collection of poems to celebrate National Poetry Month.
Monarch butterflies are endangered
Immigrants are endangered
In the very land that they called home
Made to feel like strangers
In their own environment
Caged away from the sunshine
Told not to fly towards salvation
Threatened by a wall
Built to separate, to divide
Trying to erase what was once whole
Trying to erase that this was Mexico
The tall and menacing fires
Sweep their destruction through California
Melting golden dreams and singeing pristine wings
The Hollywood facade doesn’t extend its instant resolution
to the Central Valley fields
Where will they go?
This is a migration as natural as breath
Why deny their pull towards the homeland?
Why try to mute their vibrant hues?
Protect who we are
Cleanse the air
And open that door
Because you cannot stop nature
The ancient desire to migrate towards happiness
The heart’s pull to the brighter horizon
You can’t stop anyone from coming home
— V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi