Defenses & Fences – Borders & Boarders

A young man in Mexico,

poor enough to live in a hut

with a dirt floor,

fiercely religious,

speaks no English,

crawls across an imaginary line

in the Desert

in the dead of night

to OZ.

He labors bent over

in a strawberry field

picking my food

for sub-standard wages,

no health care,

no other kind of care,

no safety codes,

no rules that favor him.

He pays taxes to an invisible hand every payday

for which he receives nothing.

He is reviled.

One day men with American flags

festooned on their drab military style uniforms


They call out “Criminal”.

He looks around to see

who they speak of

as their well fed

white knuckles

grip his arm.

He is going home.

Migrants in Mexico

who risk the road to Xanadu

are folk heroes.

They are urban mythologies.

Those that hire them,

the Patrons,

rich and powerful,

when weighed against their brown Mexican sweat,

are the beneficiaries.

Closed borders did not make America.

Borders open to young men and women

everywhere did.

Is it a crime to cross that line?

To feed hungry children

or wives or mothers

or only to hope

to improve one’s life?

Shame on the heretics of the American dream

and legacy.

An American is not defined

by which side of an imaginary line

he is on.

In Martin Scorsese’s epic historical film

Gangs of New York”,

the war in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen

for cultural dominance

was fought between

the Nativists,

born right” (in America)

and the foreign hoards (immigrants).

The present day debate on the “illegal”,

an unfortunate term,

smells like the stench in the five corners section

of New York City

at the dawn of America.

Take to the streets.


Tear down the fences.

Build bridges instead.

Fences’ Fool – Americas’ Maginot Line

It won’t work you know.

The Germans proved that in 42’.

It’s a curiosity now,

a tourist destination,

a monument to man’s stupidity.

Patton said then,

If mountain ranges

and oceans

can be overcome,

anything man made can be overcome.”

Besides, The American Ponzi Scheme,

the world’s fastest escalator

to the American Dream,

must have new boarders at the bottom

to take the ride up

so the fortunate few

at the top


Without the Latinos,

now the only Americans left,

(that used to be the province of the Japanese),

we are no longer America.

Archaeologists will find

the “left behind”

had fat wallets and small necks

became soft and decadent.

Like Rome.

The Maginot Line

The slaughter of French soldiers in the offensive operations of World War I haunted the nation and France was unwilling and unable to assemble a large standing army after this terrible loss. Fortifications were therefore necessary to provide time for a general mobilization. Moreover, French generals had concluded from their victory at Verdun in 1916 that defenders always triumphed.

The Maginot Line was never tested. It’s supposed impregnability lulled army leaders into complacency. They neither extended its fortifications along the French-Belgian frontier to the sea nor grasped the significance of the new German tank tactics that permitted Germany in 1940 to skirt the Maginot Line and break through the thin French defenses in the Ardennes.

New Americans Needed

We were great once,

when we huddled in masses

yearning to be Free,

before we hid behind phones

in glass and metal cars,

xenophobic, torturous, murderous.

We are ugly,

gelatinous masses now.

America belongs to the Seekers,

not to those here resting

on her fat belly.

New Americans are Needed

Apply within.

In the Hope Business




End Borders

Give Amnesty

Tear down fences

Build bridges

Give Sanctuary

Abolish the State




can not


cautious and




same time.


About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

2 Responses to Refugees

  1. Roy says:


    I am in complete agreement with what you wrote. We should kick Donald Trump out of US. He is an egotistical moron who says how great he is and spouts off about what he can do but says nothing of substance or in detail.

    He unifies the ignorant and hateful bigots who want to blame immigrants for their problems and inadequacy. America is becoming a country full of small minded ignorant people.


    Sent from my iPhone


    • “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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