8/30 Poems in November: Of All the Days

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Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
a new American.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
disabled.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
a descendant
of slaves.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
mentally ill.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
Native American.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
multiracial.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
a veteran.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
Muslim and misunderstood.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
blue
in a red place
or gay
in a hateful place
or trans
in an ignorant place.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
scared to speak
your truth.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being wrapped up
in a flag
that’s meant
to protect you.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
privileged enough
to vote
your conscience.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of paying
taxes,
caring for the elderly,
providing for the sick,
healing our own shit,
and raising
kids who care.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
a refugee
when it’s hard enough
to have fled
your homeland.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of belonging
to not only a group
of people
but a community
of humans
who by birth
or accident
or choice
call themselves
Americans.
Of all the days
to consider
equal pay.
Of all the days
to consider
our bodies, ourselves.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
responsible.
Of all the days
to consider
the experience
of being
powerless.
Of all the days
to consider
exercising
the ultimate right —
to cast your ballot
in the box
for the one
who tells the world:
We are better
than that.
We have to do better.
Just watch
and we will.

8/30

**

30 Poems in November! is a literary fundraiser for Center for New Americans. Center for New Americans welcomes and serves immigrants in Western Massachusetts with free English classes and a range of support services. For more information, please visit cnam.org This year, we aim to raise $30,000.

Writers do their part by writing one poem each day in November. Friends and family do their part by donating to support this effort. Powerful new poems and financial contributions translate to community support for immigrants.

Visit my personal donation page here, and read the #30poemsinnovember I’ve written so far here.

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