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First Wave Immigrants

First wave immigrants,
my ancestors crossed
an endless ocean
to freedom–
not greeted by Lady Liberty,
but hostile heathens,
wild winter weather,
tough conditions–
a miracle to survive!

Building a society
shining upon a hill,
taming the wild woods,
and building schools
learning for all–

English, French, German, Dutch
starting a new country
based on equality,
freedom of religion
freedom of ideas
freedom for all who follow!

Until the second wave
and the third
and today–
No longer taking
the tired, the hungry and poor.
No longer taking
the Middle East doctors.
No longer taking
those fleeing persecution.

The shining society on the hill
has succumbed.
freedom for none
but those who think like them,
those who pray like them,
those who believe like them,
those who hate and fear like them;
those who have the price
of a billion pieces of silver.

With everything crazy going on at work and politics and farm and I got a puppy, I didn’t finish my poem on immigrants, so I’m sharing it for the Tuesday Platform.

8 thoughts on “First Wave Immigrants

  1. The shining society on the hill
    has succumbed.
    freedom for none

    It gets very unsettling that the matters of government are being matched by tweets and decided more by rebuttals from comments received. The big picture is cast aside in the process! Very true Teresa!


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