El Lechero

Douglas Swan

His name is Juan
For the past 8 years
he has been milking cows
on a Skagit Valley dairy farm
arrives at the barn at 5 AM
leaves again at 5 PM
He rents a house

Juan is married
His wife’s name is Maria
They have 3 children home`
born with help from a mid`wife
They have no insurance for
health`care They cannot
trust the doctors

Juan bikes to work
Juan does not have a car
as he does not have a license
Juan does not have a green`card
Biking to work this morning
a Sheriff pulled him over
for not having a light

Today Juan is in detention
Monday he will have a hearing
Then Juan will be deported


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to El Lechero

  1. Tragic – couldn’t put a ‘like’ on this. Happens too often…

    Liked by 3 people

  2. a sad and no doubt proliferative situation when systems of law and regulation become routinely ignored

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rivrvlogr says:

    Liked, for sharing, but I understand Maureen’s point.


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