Unwelcome To Our Shores

Burqa, Dashiki, headscarf, turban,

Clothing nor traditions should fear instill.

Forgetting we are children of the melting pot,

Sprawling roots of Sicily, Belfast, Juarez, Berlin,

Many smaller port-of-call,

Spat on by bigots,

Held in contempt.

Amnesia plagued memory lost their father’s land,

Nothing has been learned o’er these many years,

Only the quarry has changed,

The slurs, the stares, the vindictive wit,

Disparate but analogous,

Yet none-the-less degrading.

Unwelcoming the huddled masses with open arms,

Seeing terror in every foreign face,

Like fools believing the rhetoric,

Stereotyping and profiling,

Demonizing difference.


~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

4 thoughts on “Unwelcome To Our Shores

  1. It’s really sad how true this is. People tend to forget that they can look different and ‘scary’ to others, so it’s best to treat everyone the same.

    • It surely is sad that this still occurs. We clearly haven’t learned anything from our past, instead we have just projected our hate onto different ethnic groups. Maybe someday we will learn, but I don’t have much hope for that. Thank you for the comment, I appreciate it.

      • You’re welcome and you’re right. A big factor is that it’s easier to control people through fear, so those who want to control others will turn them against other groups to gain power. It’s really sad.

      • I could not agree more. This is a horrible trait of human nature that we have yet to be able to control. I suppose that there has to be hope or else we are doomed to keep repeating our mistakes. Thanks again.

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