Papi and Mija

by Christina Saenz

Inside the walls of ivy,
With tired eyes on my books
The sun never shines.
My skin turns white.
More wrinkle lines.

Outside the field of concrete,
With leather hands on levers,
The sun throws its rays.
His skin gets brown.
He counts the days.

On the phone,
I proclaim, “Papi
No more of this life”
He says, “Mija
You are more than a wife.”

“Different worlds,
Same dreams
Different hues,
But, same love”
His word imbues.

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About Efrain Nieves

Efrain Nieves is a freelance writer, blogger and poet. He is an advocate of the Latino-American experience. His writings, at, combine poetry, politics, education and history with the objective to create awareness while informing the Latino and non-Latino community of our relevance and contribution to the U.S. We strive to reach a diverse audience.

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