This is an Immigration Nation

This is an Immigration Nation

 

Note; More a song than a Poem

Music collaborator needed

 

 

William Penn’s new religion

was said to make

the new king quake

so he sent him and his across the sea

other English found they could be

in their belief and took their stand

and, oh yeah, some took the Indian land

 

This is an Immigration Nation

a lot of strands, over generations

This is an Immigration Nation

unless you’re from the reservation

 

A revolution came and the new was born

And the Irish came to Philly and such

and the no nothings didn’t like that much

burned their churches brought them fear

so they would leave the sweet land here

but they came and stayed, and took a stand

never should hate be the perfect plan

 

This is an Immigration Nation

a lot of strands, over generations

This is an Immigration Nation

unless you’re from the reservation

 

My ancestors came around 1910

And the US let some of them in

they needed workers  let’s use refugees

Jewish then and others who  flee

and as it got closer to another World War

doors started to close to the Jewish star

After all, what could happen there

 

This is an Immigration Nation

a lot of strands, over generations

This is an Immigration Nation

unless you’re from the reservation

 

Now more refugees are walking North

as though they can just up and go forth

to leave crime, poverty and war

“Hell, man, we don’t want no more

We’ll build a wall, we’ll shoot them down”

remember the songs of our grand grands

who left their lands to take a stand

 listen to new songs of hopes, of plans

 

This is an Immigration Nation

a lot of strands, over generations

This is an Immigration Nation

unless you’re from the reservation

 

 

 

 

About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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1 Response to This is an Immigration Nation

  1. Rich says:

    Send it to Tom Mullian. He might be able to help with music.

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