IF WALLS COULD TALK by Anna B. Green You might have seen him in his brick suit On Fox news Photographed standing alongside Trump. He is Donald Trump's long-promised border wall The president's tough stance on immigration. His given name is Blake Marnell. Like walls - there are two sides to Blake. There's a back story - A story that might be told over a neighbor's fence in the coal region. Blake’s family originally hailed from Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. Now a coastal elite from San Diego, Blake styles himself a working-class tough guy. But like other anti-immigrant coalcrackers Barletta Bognet(ti) Blake remembers where he’s from, but has forgotten from whom he came. His grandfather was dutifully, fondly, and respectfully addressed as Tata. Maybe Blake (Marinelli) forgets or never learned that his people Bodziak Kopchak D’Angelo DiFrancesco lived in neighborhoods made up of immigrants who shared their meagerness their living rooms their time with Americans and their fellow foreigners. Or that his great-grandparents were immigrants with second-grade educations. Or, maybe, his people yelled ethnic slurs at their neighbors. Or, they laughed at the man sitting on his porch reading a paper and shouted “Can you even read?” Or, perhaps, his people didn’t think twice about trivial coal region practices like nepotism on school boards, law enforcement that cut deals, contractors who gave kickbacks.
Anna B. Green is a local poet. She enjoys sewing, gardening, cooking, and playing cards.