a wave good-bye

a hug, a kiss


a thirsty Hispanic teen

travels north

on blazing train-car roofs

and searing dirt roads

away from king-pin violence

and cold fear

towards warm streets

paved of gold

caught crossing the border

an embarrassed patrol worker whispers

aquí está su casa billete de autobús


by John Sweeder

John Sweeder is a retired university professor from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. He considers himself an emerging poet and memoirist who has had several poems published in The Opening Line Literary ‘Zine and The Ocean City Sentinel. He is presently self-publishing a completed work entitled, Breathing through a Straw: A Memoir for Baby Boomers and Neurotic Catholics, one chapter per month, at https://jsweeder.wordpress.com/. Prior to his retirement, he  wrote several scholarly articles in his field and co-authored an academic textbook entitled, Drowning in the Clear Pool: Cultural Narcissism, Technology, and Character Education, with Peter Lang Press.

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