Immigrant Teen


by Berwick "Underscore" Augustin

Migrated from Haiti to Miami

Dreamed of helping family get out of misery

But lived a nightmare of being a refugee without refuge

Scared because life is being swallowed by despair

black, immigrant, and language impaired

Triple minority

Marginalized in the margins of inequality

I felt like the 80s hated me

Few months in, I’m ready to go back to Haiti

Center for Disease Control told the world

My people carried HIV/AIDS, the lies swirled

Into rumored that we eat cats and carried tuberculosis

A crisis that avalanched into cultural psychosis