Identity's Coat

Updated: Oct 11, 2020


Today you explain immigrant labels assigned that do not come in your size


The masks that you don manufactured by hardened minds who cannot realize


That their reality coat belched from a factory of fear scratches at your throat


You no longer seek to wear it so those more privileged can gloat


Over finer coats of exceptionalism stitched with flimsy fabric of faded work


You can ascend beyond falseness' safe limits and never shirk


Your commitment to precious dreams of possibility


Which provokes our establishment to irrational hostility


This links you to our woebegone forbearers coming here without a lot


Whether the land of the free should choose now to admit it or not


Yours is the allegiance which matters


While today's battles for survival leave all surety in tatters


For it is you and those like you


Who remind us of which American identity remains true.


“we shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will. And we shall continue to love you.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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