Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ellis Island

Approaching Ellis Island

I look at Ellis Island's mad parade -
the photographs of those who came; foreign
faces, almond eyes, pale skin and dark skin,
bearded, veiled, belted, booted, swathed in sways
of colorful, exotic dresses handmade
of Irish wool or Asian silks.  Women
gloved, hatted, haggard, fearful, and fierce.  Men
uprooted, but still upright.  They came
from old worlds in search of new, better lives,
and they were strange.  Odd clothes.  Odd food.  Odd gods
and twisted tongues.  Alien and unlike
us.  But they came and became us.  A thought:
how dare we, now, push shades of brown aside,
when our first immigrants were pasty white?

Image result for the original homeland security

For Margaret's prompt at Real Toads


Anjum Wasim Dar said...

scary memories ..sacrifices bloodshed yet the desire for safe havens rises and
is but natural...only if lands and other people welcome and accept

Yvonne Osborne said...

Love it!! Every word of it.

gillena cox said...

The way clothes speak volumes of difference. Even before the tongue loosens. Pertinent

Much love...

Magaly Guerrero said...

Colors, textures, feelings, tongues and gods tell so many stories... Tales everyone should remember... but somehow, keep on managing to forget...

Sioux said...

If only the Native Americans had built a wall to keep us all out. I wonder if they would have proposed that WE pay for the wall?

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is soo incredibly deep and eloquent MZ!

Kerry O'Connor said...

The last lines and picture say all that should be said.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I agree with Kerry. TOTALLY nailed it.

grapeling said...

And today, D- Latino congress people were escorted out of an R-led meeting with the ICE director. Plus the orange one suggested calling out the Nat Guard to 'go after' immigrants. And the lovely OK AG was confirmed as head of the EPA.

such times we live in ~

brudberg said...

Human life started in Africa... at some point we were all migrants... to me we live in a crazy world.

Fireblossom said...

Only those utterly without shame would dare.

Margaret said...

We are better because of the diversity, that's for sure. Traditions are important ... as well as assimilation into what it is to be American is as well.