Posted by: Manuel Delgado | October 8, 2009

Becoming American, by Tom Zar

We have always been a nation of immigrants,

Yet immigrants cause us to divide.
Newcomers are welcome when legitimate
For their energy, talents and pride.

To many besides the undocumented
Break our laws despite what they say.
As the anxious by the thousands
Pour over our borders each day.

The absolute one way to bring America to ruin
Is to let it become a clash of nationalities.
Even now as we argue and debate
We’re ignoring our long-term realities.

It’s time to bring back the melting pot
Or at least an updated application.
For one and all to assimilate and embrace.

(Happy National Poetry day!)

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