The poem was taken down because it was accepted for publication.
* this poem is dedicated to a beautiful young Ukrainian young lady I met at the bus stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is six months pregnant and the Puerto Rican man that is the father of the child now denies he is the father. So she is having the child by herself. Tamara was really homesick. She was missing the support of her mother. Afraid and uncertain about her future, she was doing everything she could to have her baby on her own. She has a high risk pregnancy, and at six months she cannot change medical plans. The hospital she has to go to is very far away and in case of an emergency her baby will either be born prematurely on the way there, die, or be born with some kind of defect because they did not have what they needed to have on the ambulance to help her. The law in Puerto Rico will not let her change hospitals after a certain amount of weeks. She was bleeding one day, and had to go to an emergency room at a hospital but after about four hours of being in that emergency room she was told they could not accept her medical plan and that the doctor would not be in the hospital until the next morning to bill her for whatever it was they were going to do to stop the bleeding. She told them she didn't have the money. They suggested she sign and later not pay and ruin her credit. Que cojones! I young single parent bringing up a child without good credit. This kind of thing really bothers me for some reason.
This is the face we give people visiting out island from other countries. It is the ugly face of GREEDY MONEY MONGRELS, AND IRRESPONSIBLE MAMA'S BOYS THAT HAVE NO BUSINESS HAVING SEX WITHOUT A CONDOM, IF THEY ARE GOING TO DENY THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. THIS IS THE FACE OF PARENTS THAT NEVER ALLOW THEIR MALE CHILDREN TO GROW UP BECAUSE THEY BACK THEM UP EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW THE KIND OF INSECT THEY HAVE AS A SON.
Tamara, don't be afraid to show your 6month belly. Or to tell everyone you know who the father of that child is. No one here will ever point a finger at you my dear, young friend.
© Sergio A. Ortiz, May 6, 2010