marcial t. caniones
We wash your clothes
When we cannot even fix our children's buttons
We cook your food
While we buy all the cheapest noodles for our kid's meal
We clean your toilets
When soon ours will be tiled come our next salary

You see us in your parks
We see you in our hotels
You see us clean your bathrooms
We see you in our white beaches
You see us wash your dishes
We see you eat in our restaurants
You see us watch in your movie houses
We see you take pictures in our museums

We bow our head in shame
With so much pain
Anguish and anger
Even to hell we cannot explain
As we are so desperate to live
We feel we too died with you
As we give you servitude
You repay us with the dollars
So our families at least may live
Tough not as much decent as you do

We now work in fear
For our kinds' mediocrity
In handling what is not supposed to be

This is who we are
This is what we have become
What else can we say?

We mourn
Much of grief

Our kind is more than dead
Than yours

We are so ashamed
—Posted: 10:11 AM 8/28/10 by eK! | Post Your Comment!

About the author. Marcial Tayag Caniones, a Political Science graduate, is assistant manager at the Community Extension Services Office of Clark Development Corporation. He was born on the 10th of July in 1965, became vegetarian when he was 24 years old, started serious reading when he was 32, and began writing at 39. He admits to being ugly but claims to ooze with sex appeal.
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