The New Orphans


They are alone
feeling lonely,
making wishes to the stars
asking for a family.


The new orphans
do have a family
a big one.
They built a life,
bought a house,
raised kids.


Now the new orphans
have nobody
only calls, new technology
Skype, WhatsApp.
It is a life full of
empty bedrooms and
lonely birthdays


For them, it is better a call
it is easier to fake the voice
saying “It’s all right”
“Do not worry”
When the world
could not be worse.
No, it could be.
Death can come
taking one of the children
or all of them.
In Venezuela,
death is everywhere.


The new orphans have
days with no light, no water.
Asking themselves
if they would be more food.
Praying to no get sick.
They live in a country
with no doctors, no medicine,
only big lines to buy food.


The new orphans
are our parents, grandparents,
Uncles, aunts.
Parents with kids far away
because they had the chance
to escape.
The future is the priority,
the past hinders.


Their kids are worried,
They send money, food.
They promise they would take
the orphans to the new country.
But it is difficult.
It is the money, the legal issues,
space, the rent,
health insurance.
It is a new world
with no home, friends
nor independence.
It is becoming fully dependent
of their kids.


The new orphans
are the man dying alone
in a hospital,
are the woman with Alzheimer
abandoned in a bus station,
are the man starving
because he cannot be stand up
in a line for long.


You can plan, you can work,
you can make the right decisions,
you can be a good parent,
but something bigger comes
changing all.


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