I am not a refugee
But a child you see
To touch the hem of the garment of your
Just wanting a scrap from the table of your infant
I am just a small part
Of the huddled mass at your teeming shore
The Jesus you say you love
Knocking on your door
I am no poison m&m
no wolf at the door
I would be happy with a spot on your floor
With no pillow to lay beneath my head
No feather comforter
Like you keep on your bed
I am the least of these
Perhaps you’ve heard of me?
Would you make me sign your registry?
Or wear an ID?
Maybe a yellow star?
I know it sounds crazy
but I would do it
just at the chance to sit where you are
Without a bomb fragment
whizzing past my head
Not knowing how or if my child will be fed
Or if at night as we lay us down to sleep if in the morning we’d
I don’t have to live like a refugee
That’s what Tom Petty said
As if in the end, it was all in my head.
As if I had had a say in the matter
As if I could stop every bullet that would shatter
My life into so many pieces the Kings Men couldn’t put me back together
If I come on a boat or on a donkey still inside my mother
What does it matter?
Will I get turned away at the inn like your brother
If I lie on the side of the road will you walk by
If you were a veteran I would help.
If you were an American I would help
Could be sure….
You are a Christian I would help
Hashtag all lives matter.
You say you are just trying to protect your own
You can’t even lay down your stone
And notice that you are living in a glass home
Throwing stones at yourself.
Turning away the Jews again at your shore and sending them back to die
Turning your face from the wounded
Maybe give being the Samaritan a try
Who is your neighbor?
The one you crucify?
If there is no greater love than to lay your life down
Can you still testify?
That you love me like you love yourself
Nah, just bust out that movie, Elf
And start singing carols and trimming the tree
And telling your kids about the nativity
At your own homes
You were once the huddled mass yearning to breathe free
Now it is me
If only I could show up on an ultrasound machine
so you could see