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Latinx Salud Poems:  An Inaugural Collection

My health is not mine

My health is not mine.
It is compromised by the policies the government has
established that make healthcare a pandora’s box they
don’t want to open.


Telling me
My health is not mine,
Because when I go to renew my healthcare,
they deny me by saying “you work 40 hours a week.
You can pay for your own health insurance”.


My health is not mine.
I often pray I don't get sick or have to go to the hospital.
God knows how much I can spend on my health.
The prices of healing oneself are astronomic,
that you see your bank account to buy medicine
and choose not to, because you need that money
for a whole week, until payday.


My health is not mine.
I'm tired of waiting for months to get an appointment,
when I'm in pain now, when I need assistance now.


My health is not mine.
I'm pissed to see my mother who has pain;
has to tough it up, to go through it,
who needs to go to the hospital multiple times
for the benign tumor she has.
And no doctor wants to operate on her.


My health is not mine.
Looking for a therapist but knowing
that your mental health is just pocket change,
when they only see you half an hour
for once or twice a month because
your insurance does not cover a full session.


Our health is not ours.
We are bodies that become property,
despite our autonomy.
They give us what they understand
is primary care.
Our health should be ours,
Not theirs to gain monetary compensation.


And I say, my health is mine,
not a monopoly game.
The importance of healthcare
is universal to all of us.
A right to live, as humanly possible.

April 2019







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