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El Niño Pequeño

He made it to shore with some help from his friends.
The air in his mother’s lungs was replaced with deadly ocean water.
And, so, the saga begins.

His father cried, «Él es mi hijo querido. ¡Vuélvamelo por favor!»
The father is the boy. They share the same blood and essence.
And, so, the pleading begins.

Or could these be the words of the bearded beast
who knows that his countrymen are tired and poor and is losing their support?
And, so, the propaganda begins.

His American family cries, “Freedom at last!
We must protest his return to the bearded beast.”
And, so, the struggle begins.

El niño pequeño insists, «Amo América. Quiero a permanecer aquí.»
He wants to be like all normal American children.
And, so, the fantasy begins.

Or could these words have been born from the desperation
of his American family who once feared the bearded beast?
And, so, the mystery begins.

El niño pequeño believes, «Sé que mi madre estará aquí pronto.»
He’s too young to face such frightening facts.
And, so, the wait begins.

«Soy solamente un muchacho joven. ¿Por qué toda esta gente me mira?»
El niño pequeño is awed by the vultures in his life.
And, so, the curiosity begins.

The Woman of Justice, like the lifeless statue of the
Scales of Justice, can not justify his citizenship.
And, so, the politics begins.

And, meanwhile, we should weep for el niño pequeño
because Elian is a pawn of the people.
And, so, when does his life begin?

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