Who are the Aliens?
Send them home!
You chant as fans
on legislative grandstands.
They should be expelled and banned —
You continually chant —
from coming to our land!
But what power, what right,
do you so-called possess,
to expunge them like insects in the night?
These landless, wandering souls who
came with freedom in sight?
What arguments can you duly provide
that will bring all opponents to your side
and end this integration divide?
They steal jobs!
They take space!
They bring drugs and crime!
But tell me, have you really looked into one
of their eyes?
Have you heard them relate with sadness in their
how from home and family — and from war, poverty
and disease — they had to physically fly?
How along that long, hazardous trek they very nearly
But like Pontius Pilate you wash your hands clean and refuse
to accept or adopt them,
handing them over on boats and planes to the troubled lands
they left behind.
But are not you,
Who sit like overseers on congressional seats,
not like them too?
Ask the First Nations, whom you call ‘Indians’,
and they’ll say who are the real citizens
and who are the aliens.