The poem â€œLegal Alienâ€ by Pat Mora is in the open poem form, it has no stanzas. It does have a few words that rhyme which are â€œEnglishâ€ (5) and â€œSpanishâ€ (6) and also with â€œMexicansâ€ (14) and then with â€œAmericansâ€ (15). The poem also has rhythm, it is a low steady beat. It is a straightforward poem about how life is for a person with the same race/ethnicity as others and at the same time, different from others.
The poem â€œLegal Alienâ€ is about a woman of Mexican parents, who is born and raised in America. An American citizen established by law, but at the same time this person feels like an illegal alien because of how some people treat her. Sheis fluent in both, English and in Spanish. Feels American because she is, but at the same time she doesnâ€™t. She is looked at by Americans (Anglos) as inferior, and looked at by Mexicans like she doesnâ€™t belong. They make her feel like she is not one of them, like she doesnâ€™t fit anywhere. â€œAn American to Mexicans a Mexican to Americans a handy token sliding back and forth between the fringes of both worldsâ€ (14-18).â€“ What this means is that she feels like she could be from both placesand at the same timefrom neither, but on the border of each. Happy, sad, confused, lost but at the same time she tries to cover all her feelings and what she is thinking â€œby masking the discomfortâ€ (20) is that she has to grin and bear the fact that she is being.