Hands
as worn as my father's cutting sugarcane
so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

from Richard Blanco – One Today on Rap Genius

Meaning

Like the lines about his mother earlier, this is one of several references Blanco makes in the poem to his Cuban-American heritage and his family’s struggles with poverty.

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