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ILLEGAL

she sits alone in her small hotel room
six months pregnant
forced to give head for soup and bread

no heat, one wash clothe, one towel
one urine-stained washbasin

an immigrant without a visa
an illegal caught in a legal trap

she gets up
heads for the door
hears the night manager whisper whore
suspended in silence
floats face down in the bowels
of the American dream


A. D. Winans