Fruitvale, May 1
Basking in the sun
Surrounded by butterflies
And marching comrades
Maybe migration can be beautiful.
But I still have another dream.
To choose. The ability to choose to stay in your homeland. To stay with your family instead of living an ocean, calling card, balikbayan box, facebook message away.
Monarch butterflies naturally migrate across borders. Humans settle, we nest. We may choose to travel, but most migrants don’t choose that course. War, poverty, hunger, necessity forces us overseas.
Migration is beautiful.
And so is staying home.