Pity Party for the United States

Glad to be at Immigration Vigil at the Federal Building in Manchester, NH today — beautiful words, songs, prayers and silence. Thank you Eric Jackson for the Jericho Walk.I share this piece that I wrote, “Responsive Reading – Pity Party for the United States.”

For the amazing talents and boundless energies
that will not make this country richer,
unless we welcome new Americans,

We pity the United States.

For the mathematicians and the athletes,
for the musicians and the artists,
for the inventors and the poets
who will never share their gifts,
unless we welcome new Americans,

We pity the United States.

For remarkable restaurants,
for dances and costumes,
for traditions of faith, family and culture,
and even for new words,
that will not become part of our story,
unless we welcome new Americans,

We pity the United States.

For young men and women
who will not volunteer for the armed services,
unless we welcome new Americans,

We pity the United States.

For next year’s — Albert Einstein, John Muir,
Carlos Santana, Madeleine Albright,
Celia Cruz, Michael J. Fox, Sammy Souso,
Bob Marley, Audrey Hepburn, Irving Berlin,
Ieoh Ming Pei, Jospeh Pulizer, An Lee,
Mother Cabrini, Natalie Portman …
look to some other country,
unless we welcome new Americans,

We pity the United States.

For doctors who will not heal,
for gardeners who will not plant beauty,
for teachers in school
who will not open a window on the world,
for caregivers of elders
whose kind hands and patient listening
will not be there
to give joy in long, lonely days,
unless we welcome new Americans,

We pity the United States.

Unless this country becomes a place
of compassion,
we will not raise compassionate children.
Unless this country lights a beacon of justice,
we will walk in darkness.
Unless this country welcomes
people coming from every corner of the world
with their hands and hearts filled with gifts to share …
unless we welcome new Americans,

We pity the United States.

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4 Responses to Pity Party for the United States

  1. mbmankin says:

    Beautifully said, Maren. Thank you! Mary Beth

  2. Maren says:

    Thank you. Safe journey home.

  3. dustyjmiller says:

    This poem is so incredibly beautiful! Thank you for your vision. I am moved and also stirred to work harder to make America Kind and welcoming again.

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