four years ago
a 3-year-old Syrian boy
his lifeless body dressed
in red and blue, palms up,
lay face down on the shores
of the Mediterranean

hours ago
a Salvadoran father and 23-month-old daughter
her tiny right arm draped over his shoulders
lie face down in murky waters
of the Rio Grande

at Democratic Presidential Debate viewing parties
from LA to DC to sports bars in TriBeCa
seating is first-come-first-served

the candidates rehearse
their responses