Severe Anisocoria is a neurological condition a brain dysfunction caused by an outside force/a traumatic brain injury a silence, an absence, a shot to the reasoning to a fifteen year old teenager, to a student in tenth grade at the Liceo Consolidada Dávila Población Pedro Aguirre Cerda
Geraldine, the schoolgirl in question writhing in pain/twists babbles her name bleeding head losing tone wasting life half an hour elapses while in caring hands by the Brigadistas supporting from the outskirts of the Dignity Square
The girl Geraldine her brain exposed forgetting by the second one by one her faculties the mother she had, the father she has the many houses and rooms she lived at the day they walked searching for a cheap dormitory the night she slept in a car with her father the siblings she cared for and their expectant faces her own expectations in the pulse that comes and goes the unsettling hour when the girl, dazzling eyes remain closed.
Over the subway’s turnstile we jumped! Dad I’m not alone, I’m careful dad, we are so many!! We accomplished something Dad, this fight is mine too You are so young my daughter don’t go, you shouldn’t be in the news the lifeless young girl the next morning, the story badly told in some newspaper, not you my dear one! The girl shot in the forehead by a government agent, ninety degrees at thirty meters distance the cop who shots you not you sitting on the curb losing consciousness the brains exposed not you daughter My wasted silence, the fear, my own youth of terror don’t go out, don’t say, don’t complicate things they will kill you daughter I saw this in my childhood, I did
Infancy stolen in inequality and deprivation is the inherited story by the father, by the daughter by all of those who have woken up because it’s enough a 30-year nap ends here because it’s enough enough with being neglected by the government, enough of being the bastards of a rotten system it’s all these days of fighting, 78 and counting and will not abate the girl, the father in Pedro Aguirre Cerda or at Liceo Consolidada Dávila where its external mural reads: “Children are born to be happy”
Geraldine Alvarado. Courtesy: CIPER Chile.
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