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To find a Better Life

To Find a Better Life (puente)*

“I can’t read or write
but experience taught me
wrong from right”
were grandpa’s final words to Roberto
as he began his journey on the migrant trail

~to find a better life~

he’d suffer hunger, thirst
and blistered feet to
leave the mixteca world
of Chiapas to become
a stranger in a strange land.

*Puente is a recognized form of poetry I crafted in 2008. For more information about the form look in the ‘Invented Poetry Forms’ section at this link::

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  1. Date: 7/27/2011 1:19:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful poetry today James. I enjoyed reading it and will be back again soon to read more. Love, Carol