While a president encourages wars and discord a five year old Mexican American girl in an elementary school in California breaks down barriers

At a book signing in an Elementary school in California

A little girl
No more than five
Puts her head close to mine
And whispers, “¿Hablas español?”
I answer, “No” in English
Then whisper back.
The few words I know
“Arroz”
“Manzana”
“Elephante”

She smiles in recognition
A new world opened
To the two of us
Barriers broken
Divisions meaningless
In our eyes

 

Sue Bates

Autumn 2017