the child who appears in your photographs infomercials and youtube videos
so that you can appeal to your funders' sense of do-gooding
for the poor of the world
was she born thinking she is poor?
who impoverished her?
who stole her country?
you say that the poor barrio folks are primitive
left behind by progress
so they need you and your aid
and yet you do not say why the poor makes you feel good
why their smiles and gestures of kindness
warms your heart. makes you feel human.
why do you need the poor this way?
your tears do not fool me.