(Having a hard time with the 4th this year suite
poem 1 — sometimes I just know there will be more)
I only asked as a joke, you know —
but it was true.
Though most of my ancestors came here
many years after that war,
there was the one …
Daniel Schneider was a Hessian,
press-ganged, then hired out
by the prince to the British army
for his own enrichment.
He fought in German uniform,
(none of that bright red
with a white target on it).
under a German flag,
and was captured in the battle of Trenton,
held in a prison camp in Lancaster,
stayed after the war
and, well, he fell in love.
So surely I am
a daughter of the american revolution —
but they did turn down my request
in order to prove
that one of the founding principles
was going to be intolerance.