To find a Better Life

Written by: James Rasmusson

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::