“America” by Ray Bradbury
America: an ode to immigrants
We are the dream that other people dream.
The land where other people land.
When late at night
They think on flight
And, flying, here arrive
Where we fools dumbly thrive ourselves.
Refuse to see
We be what all the world would like to be.
Because we have within this scheme
The obvious dream blind to us.
We do not mind the miracle we are,
So stop our mouths with curses.
While all the world rehearses
Coming here to stay.
We busily make plans to go away.
How dumb! newcomers cry, arrived from Chad.
You’re mad! Iraqis shout.
We’d sell our souls if we could be you.
How come you cannot see the way we see you?
You tread a freedom forest as you please
But, damn! You miss the forest for the trees.
Ten thousand wanderers a week
Engulf your shore,
You wonder what their shouting’s for,
And why so glad?
Run warm those souls: America is abd?
Sit down, stare their faces, see!
You’d be the hoped-for thing a hopeless world would be.
In tides of immigrants that this year flow
You still remain the beckoning hearth they’d know
In midnight beds with blueprint, plan & scheme
You are the dream that other people dream.
Happy 4th of July. Let’s keep America that hoped-for thing 🙂