A Scant Youth

I don’t remember exactly when I stopped being a kid


It seemed to have gradually ended 


Like how a soccer ball slowly deflates with every kick



My father taught me how to play soccer


He found it important to pass on such an important part of our Hispanic culture


For hours we would play


Our patchy dried up yard became a world class stadium 


The fear of an uncertain tomorrow was subsided through soccer matches between 


father and son


Until the sirens came to spectate


I had never been more terrified of the color green in my life


I didn’t even know the meaning of I.C.E at the time


Son translate what the officer is saying


For five years, I played soccer on my own


I felt that kick



We constantly face adversity in this foreign land


For simply wanting a better life


Our mere presence raises emotions of animosity


But they forget 


They forget that we were once children who also just wanted to play soccer




You have to be the new man of the house 


Find a job outside of school


Care for your siblings when you get home


Child, no now your a clown


Juggling school, work, and family


My dreams and aspirations became burdens




No time for that


Let the ball get kicked by someone else



But it just sat there 


On the barren yard


Its white paint flaking off as the sunlight penetrated the outer coating



It longed to be used 


To bring back happiness, to a naive child who simply wanted to play soccer




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