The Hand of a Mexican Farmworker

Martin Espada writes political poetry at it’s best. That’s because 1) he vividly humanizes his subjects, 2) he writes exactly what he believes, and 3) because he makes me believe what he writes. As I was rereading his book looking for certain poems, I rediscovered this one:

 

The Right Hand of A Mexican Farmworker in Somerset County, Maryland

.

A rosary tattoo

between thumb

and forefinger

means that

every handful

of crops and dirt

is a prayer,

means that Christ

had hard hands

too

.

– Martin Espada

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