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Beside the Golden Door, the Lady Still Stands

(On the Syrian Refugees)


Give me your inconvenient,
your war torn, your ragged,
your wretched. If you no longer
have a home, let this
be yours. Welcome. This is
no inn you will be turned from,
and you are not deserving
of scorn, so please—take a seat
at this table.

I’ll be honest: I’ve never
parted the red sea. I am not Rachel
or Rebekah. My sins are many,
my mistakes my own. But I remember
what happens
when the mob rules, when people
crucify, instead of offer kindness.
It’s love thy neighbor
shun the blameless. It’s peace be with you
here is my contempt.

To anyone who wears a cross
and offers vitriol
instead of forgiveness: you
taking the Lord’s name
in vain through practice; I imagine
that’s much worse
than a reflexive damn.

To anyone who forgets that
Jesus was brown, that he washed
the feet of those he loved
within questioning their worth—
what are you doing? Why
are your hands clenched?
Why are your backs turned
on the needy? Where
did you stash your mercy
and when did you last see it?

What is often called righteous
is prettied up fear, living
as a wolf among the sheep,
vicious and bloody. Do not
become merciless
because it is easier than being kind,
do not forget that we are a nation
founded on freedom, on escape—
we came here
to begin again without tithe
or restriction. Our arms
should be open, and our hearts
should be as well—or have you
that most of our ancestors
were not even born here?

Give me your hopes, your dreams,
your anguish. Tell me
everything you have lost
to arrive here, let us
collect those griefs together.
Let us look at the shoreline
and see hope. Let us
sit down with water
and turn it into wine, and even
if we fail at that, let us drink
from one cup, together.

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  1. Hestia
    November 23, 2015 at 10:39 am


  2. November 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Love this. ❤

  3. November 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Yes. Just yes.

  4. July 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    So beautifully said! I oculdn’t put it better myself!

    • July 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Also, I think this is my favorite piece by you!

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