19 Dec 2015 – Maquiladora

Seven bucks a day,
nine years making gringo’s trash.
Asking for a raise
will only get you fired.

The Virgin Mary
hangs here on our plywood walls.
At least she listens
when children weep for hunger.

We know the gringos
silken suited CEOs
just can’t take the hit
and spare those diamond cufflinks.

We teach our children:
pray for peace on earth each night,
and for CEOs –
that they enjoy their cufflinks.