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Form I-918A

05 Aug

A girl carrying her rapist’s baby stands in the center of a swirl of paper
to get
papers.

“Fill this out.”
“Tell us again.”
“Justify your body.”
“Justify your sex.”
“Justify yourself.”

As though the hammering of his fists on her spirit was a grand
visa conspiracy.

She wraps her arms around herself,
protecting her daughter
from knowing that the paper
to get
papers
will come with the proof that the rapist is a citizen
which makes her
legitimate.

The papers for protection
The papers for support
The papers to feed children
The papers to pay bills
come from showing the United States
cracked her open and left
a Citizen
inside her.

Men
ground our trees into
forms
to make
paper
to get
papers
to grind our mujeres into
forms
found acceptable
on paper.

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