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  1. indigenous
    originating where it is found
    We are indigenous to this land
    and they, THEY are the illegal immigrants
    who came to this continent without
    an invitation and colonized.
  2. colonize
    establish political control over a place by sending settlers
    We are indigenous to this land
    and they, THEY are the illegal immigrants
    who came to this continent without
    an invitation and colonized.
  3. technically
    according to the exact meaning; according to the facts
    Technically, Mexico but in reality
    I spent most of my life in Southeast LA
  4. defer
    hold back to a later time
    Mira, I’m a Dreamer and I had to do all
    sorts of things to get DACA, you know,
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  5. rally
    a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm
    I was at a rally at the border
    and made a speech about the abuse
    of the immigrant community by ICE.
  6. coincidence
    an accidental event that seems to have been arranged
    We learn from Marisel
    that Fernanda is also hers!
    Mami says it is the best
    kind of coincidence.
  7. misdemeanor
    a crime less serious than a felony
    Entry into the United States without permission
    is a misdemeanor.
  8. infraction
    a violation of a law or rule
    The lowest kind of infraction
    in the US.
  9. resolve
    bring to an end; settle conclusively
    The government in power has created
    stricter laws now and is punishing these misdemeanors
    with indefinite detention until the cases are resolved.
  10. bail
    money forfeited if the accused fails to appear in court
    But, another way to get out is to post a bail bond
    of twenty thousand dollars.
  11. expedite
    speed up the progress of; facilitate
    I asked to expedite it due to special circumstances.
  12. personnel
    group of people willing to obey orders
    We don't want the baby to be born inside detention.
    They don't have the necessary personnel
    or the right facility for it to be safe.
  13. feisty
    showing spirit and courage
    She's got two black eyes
    and her lip is swollen a bit
    but she is still pretty feisty.
  14. sulk
    be in a huff and display one's displeasure
    Yes, spell out my favorites
    that tumble and rumble
    sulk and hulk
    twirl and swirl
    inside my head.
  15. hulk
    appear very large or occupy a commanding position
    Yes, spell out my favorites
    that tumble and rumble
    sulk and hulk
    twirl and swirl
    inside my head.
  16. lurk
    lie in wait or behave in a sneaky and secretive manner
    But then, Carlos is lurking.
  17. campaign
    a series of actions tending toward a particular end
    They are starting
    a hashtag campaign
    to bring attention
    to how they are
    caging cranes.
  18. jagged
    having a sharply uneven surface or outline
    I drew Yanela, Carlos, Jakie, and me, jagged like we are
    vibrating.
  19. despair
    abandon hope; lose heart
    Despair” is a word I learned from Marisel today.
    We can’t despair, she says, after Fernanda tells us
    our court date has been pushed back
    because there aren’t enough judges
    for all of the immigration cases.
  20. representation
    standing in for someone and speaking on their behalf
    We demand the following:
    Access to legal representation
  21. moderate
    being within reasonable or average limits
    Moderate temperature inside the facility
    Cots or mats and real blankets
    Warm, well-cooked meals
  22. deter
    turn away from by persuasion
    Don't listen to them, gente
    we cannot be deterred
  23. cue
    a reminder for some action or speech
    I poke at her belly just to see
    if the egg will respond
    and it does right on cue
    and I worry a little less.
  24. humane
    marked by concern with the alleviation of suffering
    Look around. You think this is justice?
    You think this is humane?
  25. ignorant
    uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
    You ignorant people put yourselves
    here by breaking the laws of my country.
  26. shard
    a broken piece of a brittle artifact
    Shards of fear seize me.
  27. sympathy
    sharing the feelings of others, especially sorrow or anguish
    Looks like Yellow Hair
    grew some sympathy finally.
  28. quiver
    a shaky motion
    Fernanda can’t
    hold back the quiver
    in her voice when she
    finally speaks to me.
  29. delicate
    easily hurt
    Your mami and your sister
    both still have a blood infection. Their condition is delicate.
  30. silhouette
    an outline of a solid object as cast by its shadow
    A woman reporter interrupts,
    You don’t need to worry
    we can only capture your silhouette
    because you are a minor.
  31. decent
    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
    We work hard to love, to live a decent life, to be and do good, to be one of the many cranes that migrate, searching for a safe home.
  32. longing
    prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
    I find an opening where
    memories float
    back into me
    to the longing for
    the Mami I wanted
    so much I called for
    her in my sleep
  33. pucker
    become wrinkled or drawn together
    a baby crane
    with little feathery ears
    rounded lips
    like a puckered beak
    sleeping.
  34. horizon
    the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
    Her name is a drizzle
    in my mind where I imagine
    a crane poem for her
    a horizon with only the top of a sun with eyes, peeking.
  35. voluntary
    of your own free will or design
    They are sending us because I asked them to.
    It is called “ voluntary departure.”
Created on January 7, 2021 (updated January 12, 2021)

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