I’m all around you, but you don’t see me much.
I clean your toilets at night when you’re away.
I mow your grass in the scorching heat all day.
I lay brick when you’re watching TV on game day.
I see you around town on my one day off.
We shop together buying goods from the same stores.
I take my family to church on Sundays, too.
Just down the street from the diner by you.
Our kids go to school together you know.
When they were young they would play forever.
As they aged they began to grow apart.
I don’t know why because they both love art.
I teach my kids to respect this country.
As they resist learning the language I grew up with.
We try to buy them Disney and Sony so they know.
The same things that make your kids glow.
I also save some money and send it to
Our family members who are starving plenty.
As we sock away pennies, we buy them time.
The lack of jobs and high crime is why
We came here to work and earn a dime.
Now I grow old and my back is not strong.
I think of all the grass I’ve mowed and toilets I’ve cleaned.
If I had to do it all over again I would.
I thank God as I tuck my little girls into bed.
To think of the things they can do with their lives now.
I’m just a broken old man trying to earn his keep.
I might be illegal but my girls are not, Chief.
I hear of you talking about illegal immigrants getting health care.
I know you are protesting my Mexican and Latino heritage.
I know you don’t think of Canadians or the Swedish this way.
I know you are speaking of me and my people today.
You know this land was ours way before the Europeans.
Our nations evolved from the great migration through Alaska.
We evolved into nations and our people lived here simply.
Then the Europeans came here and stole all our land.
Now we sneak in through the Rio Grande.
You might call us wetbacks, but I don’t much mind.
Because I know my sweat is building not just your country but mine.
Like it or not we will be the majority soon.
The sooner you face this the better for all our people.
And I teach my children when this change happens
To remember that your families came here as immigrants too.
That one day we won’t be just Hispanics and Aliens to you.
That one day we will all be Americans. That you must face.
And that we are all part of the same human race.
But for now I’ll mow your grass and clean some more toilets.
Knowing my children will own your house soon without disgrace.