[illegal is illegal]but i am a person illegal is illegal but i love, and am loved illegal is illegal but i know no other . . . illegal is illegal but i was a child, and am now a man, illegal is illegal but whatever happened to justification? illegal is illegal redemption? illegal is illegal but am i not free: like you? illegal is illegal but whosoever will, come. illegal is illegal but i am bone of your bone illegal is illegal flesh of your flesh illegal is illegal created by you! illegal is illegal but people are not . . . illegal is illegal but people are . . . illegal is illegal but i am: me illegal is illegal but . . . [it is illegal] to care for your family: illegal to feed your loved ones: illegal to honor your parents: illegal to pursue dreams: illegal to strive for more: illegal to demand liberty: illegal to want equality: illegal to participate in democracy: illegal to question bureaucracy: illegal to claim your story: illegal to rescue the oppressed: illegal to clothe the naked: illegal to heal the hungry: illegal to be the stranger: illegal to be you: illegal ¿to be me? illegal
Marco Saavedra is a painter and blogger at Undocumented Ohio, where these poems and pictures originally appeared, and serves on the End Deportations group for the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, he enjoys painting, poetry, and prayer. Please note that the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of everyone associated with G92 or any institutions with which the blogger may be affiliated. We’re always looking for new guest bloggers; please check out our Guest Blog Submission Guidelines if you’re interested.