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ROYALTY

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"MI VIEJO"

"MY OLD MAN"

A POEM I WROTE FOR MY DAD…MAY HE REST IN PEACE!

81 YEARS OLD

THERE HE LAY…JUST WAITING ….

WAS HE IN PAIN, ANGRY….SCARED….I DON’T KNOW CAUSE HE WOULD’NT  SAY….

ALL I SAW WAS HIM…MI VIEJO…MY OLD MAN….I SAW COURAGE IN SILENCE…AND STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS…

EVEN THOUGH HE WALKED SLOWER…AND BREATHED HEAVIER….

ALL I SAW WAS HIM MI VIEJO…MY OLD MAN…HE CAME TO THE STATES IN SEARCH OF OPPORTUNITY…OF DREAMS….NOT FOR HIM BUT FOR HIS FAMILY…

AS FOR HIM…HE WAS SATISFIED WITH HIS LABOR…WITH HIS SALARY…WITH HIS SWEAT…

11 MOUTHS TO FEAD…BILLS TO PAY…AND NOT ONCE DO I RECALL MI VIEJO COMPLAINING…

BEFORE YOU JUMP THE TO CONCLUSIONS AND STEREOTYPE HIM LIKE THE  ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT THAT COMES TO RECEIVE….LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY OLD MAN…HE HAD PRIDE…AND I SAW THAT WHEN HE REFUSED TO BRING HIS FAMILY TO THE STATES AS ILLEGALS…NO HE HAD PRIDE…HE WAS A MAN AND HE WOULD DO IT LIKE A MAN…A RESPECTFUL MAN…

I SAW IT AGAIN…WHEN THE GOING GOT TOUGH…AND MOM SUGGESTED WE  GET HELP…

HE WOULDN’T HAVE IT…HE WAS MI VIEJO “THE PROVIDER” THE MAN OF THE HOUSE…  MY STRONG COURAGES OLD MAN…

…THE ONLY TIME HE SWALLOWED THAT PRIDE…WAS WHEN HE LEFT HIS COUNTRY…HE BROUGHT TO THE STATES HIS WILL, HIS STRENGTH, HIS DETERMENATION……

AS I WATCHED HIM SLIP AWAY DAY BY DAY….THAT WRINKLED OLD FACE..THOSE HEAVY HANDS AND GRAY HAIR…THEY WERE ARE SYMBOLS OF A LEGEND…THEY STOOD FOR HARD LABOR…FOR DEDICATION…FOR COMMITMENT…MY LEGEND “MI VIEJO”   MY OLD MAN

HE WAITED IN SILENCE …I DIDN’T HEAR A WORD…HE DIDN’T CURSE..HE DIDN’T COMPLAIN…AT LEAST NOT TO ME…BUT I WONDER…WHO HE QUESTIONED..WHO HE BLAMED…WHO HE CRIED TO…IN HIS SILENCE….IN HIS WEAKNESS…IN HIS STRENGTH!

I WATCHED WITH ADMIRATION….WHILE THE NURSE CARED FOR HIM…SHAVING HIS GRAY FACIAL HAIR…BATHING HIM WITH A WARM WET CLOTH…I SAW HIM CLOSE HIS EYES…WITH RESIGNATION…HE KEPT THEM CLOSED…IN SILENCE…AS SHE GENTLY DID HER JOB….WAS IT HIS PRIDE…HIS PAIN...HIS SHAME…I DON’T KNOW…HE WOULDN’T SAY

MI VIEJO…MY OLD MAN…MY COURAGEOUS OLD MAN….

HE WAITED FOR DEATH…NO TURNING BACK…NO CHOICE IN THIS MATTER….

 HE OF COURSE…TOOK NOTHING WITH HIM….BUT MAYBE…MAYBE HIS PRIDE…KNOWING THAT THE FEW THINGS  HE LEFT BEHIND….CAME THROUGH HIS  HARD LABOR…HIS SWEAT…HIS DETERMINATION TO BE “ THE PROVIDER”  THE MAN OF THE HOUSE…

 

MI VIEJO…WHY DIDN’T YOU SPEAK…WHY DIDN’T YOU COMPLAIN OR LET ME SEE YOU CRY …

YOU LEFT NO INHERITANCE ….

NO BIG MONEY…NOT ESTATES TO DIVIDE...BUT  I HAVE  YOUR COURAGE, YOUR STRENGTH…AND I HAVE  YOUR PRIDE!

 

BY: OLGA RODRIGUEZ

 

 

 

 

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