BY NATALIA BARRIENTOS
Only in Your Way is loaded with the political anguish of today.
On an intensely painted red platform a woman,
who wears the same red and whose boots wear out with every step she takes
walks at her own determined pace
building her path and the path for all
A walk that seems to never end
that goes and returns
but is present because it is a habit
Look beyond the heart shaped bulletproof glass
proof that the words you throw at us can not break me
won’t break me
and is not going to break us now more than ever.
Because it is easy to look from the other side
from the side of comfort and serenity,
from the safe side in which you look at me
while I hope you walk not on the opposite side
but walk beside me.
I continue walking in this constant struggle
I carry with me the weight of our vow
and our rights that you are trying to quickly remove
But there is something you can not keep quiet
you can not ignore
Mr. President can you hear it?
I will repeat it
again and again
until you understand that
I will only be in your way during these next four years of your mandate
I will only do this so you see the distorted ideas you have created about us,
I will only continue strengthening our walk
until you realize that this country
can not be led
Natalia Barrientos is an intern at DiverseWorks for the 2017 spring semester. She’s currently pursuing her BFA at The University of Houston with an emphasis in Photography and Digital Media.