I will protect you to the death
of a million Mexicans
bones bleaching in the desert.
Of 5 million Syrians
begging to be allowed to
Of hundreds of Jews
packed in the hull of a stinking little boat
the wretched refuse
washing up like garbage
on our shiny, inviolate shores.
I will build a wall to protect you,
another brick in our long history.
I guess you could call that love.
Ethan Goffman’s poems have appeared in BlazeVox, Mad Swirl, Madness Muse, Ramingo’s Blog, Under the Bleachers and Setu.as well as the anthologies The Music of the Aztecs, Epiphanies and Late Realizations of Love, and Narwhal’s Lament. He is co-founder of It Takes a Community, a Montgomery College initiative that brings poetry to both students and local residents. In addition, Ethan is founder and producer of the Poetry & Planet podcast on EarthTalk.org.