What word first comes to mind when you think of the word celebration?
Do you think of all the people who make up our nation?
Do you think of boats filled with people who dared to dream?
Who weren’t going to let their ideas be drowned out by a scream?
Do you think of us as a melting pot, where everyone’s the same?
Or do you see us as a salad, where each part has a name?
Can’t we be a bowl of ice cream, bright and fun and bold?
Can’t we see that our differences are just what makes us gold?
Let’s be like a bowl of ice cream,
But never let your heart grow cold.
For don’t you see that once your people came on a boat just like they come?
Even though you see them as dirty, street people, and scum?
When you look into their eyes, you are looking into a mirror.
When you look into their eyes, your past should be so much clearer.
You can see people as you want them to be,
Poor, and needy, and after your money,
You can see them as your family,
See them as your friends,
See them as guests in a celebration that should never end!
So put up the balloons and I’ll bring the pinata,
He can bring the crepes and she’ll bring the frittata.
They can bring lasagna, someone will bring biscotti,
I know who can make dumplings, if you can make chapati.
We can have arepas, tamales, and paella, we can have pizza, and we’ll play calabresella.
Our cultures are all beautiful,
Our ways of life unique,
In diversity we find the life, and the freedom that we seek.
Let’s stand up and celebrate our languages, our colors and our shapes,
Let’s know that we are more than just our bruises, scars and scrapes.
Don’t tell them to speak English,
Don’t tell them how to feel,
Don’t tell them that their home here isn’t really real.
Yes, we have cons, but we also have pros.
We can be a light in the midst of all the shadows.
We can be a community that embraces
All of the races
All of our hearts
And all of our faces
Embracing the collected culture of
A million different places!
Why does our leader have to be one
The wonderful party
Out of our neighborhoods
And into cases
He wants to eliminate all traces
Of those who don’t look like him
Talk like him
Or ever aspire to think like him
But who would want to cut a wall
Through the threads that connect
United we stand
But together we fall
Asleep we lose
And awake we can hear the call
Of the languages
That make up
The quilted flag
Of our land
No one needs to reprimand
Being able to understand
The language some people
Have decided to demand!
English is not the official language
White is not the only color
Rich is not the only status
And so when a person says
That anyone other than that
I will tell them that
To our party
They are invitationless!
They won’t see our bright piñata
Or get to eat frittata
They won’t learn something new
They will be stuck
They will be so lonely
With only themselves to
Be with everyday
I hope they are sad
That they clearly can’t see
What means to be
Part of the best kind of
This here and now is a new declaration
In our nation?
Again we should see all ourselves as a
But we can’t do that when
People are scared to breathe
People are scared to leave
People are scared to believe
That all they heard about our country was true
When everyday someone else is
Carted off on the news
Because they came “illegally”
So now they have to lose?
Some of these friends
Walked across deserts with no shoes
Nights so cold they turned all shades of blues
Harsh words can still bruise
So we should strive to help
Some people with transportation
When they are
Trying to arrive at the celebration
Because would it make sense
To say you love the universe
But only want the stars?
Does a person buy a vehicle
And cut it up for parts?
The universe works together
The car can’t move with only wheels
Division only steals
From all the things
A heart can feel
When it opens
To all the many stories
From all around the world.
(Author’s Note: This started as a school project on immigration and then I added to it so it could be a little more about community. I hope you all like it, and strive everyday to invite people to our wonderful and diverse country of ideas and people and help ease out of things that oppress us all by oppressing some. It’s not going to be the best it can be until everyone, even you buddy Trump, can come to their senses and understand that we don’t have to be the same to live together and that putting up walls is just a way of further dividing destiny. I’ve found that my poems are doing pretty well so I’ll try to keep posting them when they fit the prompts. And when things open up again, I hope we can all start travelling again, even if it’s just around town haha, I had a question for people reading this. Would it be cool if I tried to do poetry reading online for some of my poems that are too short for here? If I could figure out how to do that and link it in my bio would that be an interesting thing to check out? And to A. Triangle, I know you mentioned wanting to do something with the King Fu Panda poem so if I set up something with my other poems would be interested in collaborating? Daryl Gravesande and I kickstarteted a television show together so I don’t see why we couldn’t do something like that too. Anyway, let me know, let me know, let me know! And if you guys are writing stories for this week I want to read them so tell me the titles. I’m so excited for the five winners; whatever pieces they come up with are going to do so much good for the country right now and hopefully make an impact that will last forever! I’m again so glad Reedsy supports progressive ideas and uses this as a platform for change through a common art and love! Again and again, major shoutout to all the lovely people I have followed and who are in my library. You all have been fantastic to read and I appreciate you abundantly. I’m running out of things to say on my author‘s note but accolades accolades accolades, stay safe and strong and brave and beautiful!)