Immigration’s Bounty

they call it
a flood of immigration
as if the movement of people
from one nation to another
is a natural disaster
akin to land deluged
homes rotted
loved ones drowned
crops and livestock blighted
and potential years
of grief fomented
it is our language
that twists our sensitivity
makes us blind to suffering
and it is our choice
of words
we must choose
to make ourselves better
human beings
eliminate the flood
and in its place
admit the truth
celebrate
the bounty of immigration
embrace the plentitude
the thanksgiving
the immigrants have brought
to your table
do not run away cowardly
for higher ground
hiding behind craven
dry-land levees

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