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 HOW DOES IT END?   [https://portside.org/2018-12-28/how-does-it-end]


 

 Marge Piercy 
 October 1, 2018
Monthly Review [https://monthlyreview.org/2018/10/01/how-does-it-end/]


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 _ The award-winning poet Marge Piercy decries America’s refugee
policies that would make an earlier poet, Emma Lazarus, weep. _ 

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_HOW DOES IT END?_

BY MARGE PIERCY

FROM GUATEMALA, FROM EL SALVADOR,

HONDURAS THEY TRAVEL OVERLAND

WITH LITTLE, WITH NOTHING BUT HOPE

OUT OF TERROR, FROM RAPE AND MURDER 

WITH DAUGHTERS AND SONS. BABIES

THEY HOPE THEY’RE CARRYING TO SAFETY.

THEY BELIEVE THE OLD PROMISES.

HERE YOU WILL BE SAFE, HERE THERE’S

WORK NO WHITE AMERICAN WANTS.

YOU’LL SAVE TO SAVE FAMILY MEMBERS.

THIS WILL BE A HOME FOREVER.

HERE YOU WILL NOT COWER IN FEAR.

THEY CROSS AND ARE TREATED

WORSE THAN THIEVES, SHOVED

INTO OVERCROWDED CAMPS, INTO

CAGES LIKE DOGS NO ONE WANTS.

HERE THE CHILDREN THEY FLED SO FAR

TO SAVE ARE RIPPED FROM THEM

PENNED LIKE SHEEP, ALONE IN CROWDS

CRYING, CONFUSED, TERRIFIED AGAIN.

OH, EMMA LAZARUS, COULD YOU SEE,

WOULD YOU RECOGNIZE THIS COUNTRY?

FRANCE, YOU MUST TAKE BACK THAT LADY

WITH HER NOW EXTINGUISHED TORCH.

  COPYRIGHT 2018 BY MARGE PIERCY

_MARGE PIERCY HAS PUBLISHED 19 POETRY COLLECTIONS, RECENTLY _MADE IN
DETROIT_ (KNOPF); 17 NOVELS INCLUDING _SEX WARS_.  PM PRESS REISSUED
_VIDA, DANCE THE EAGLE TO SLEEP_; THEY BROUGHT OUT SHORT STORIES _THE
COST OF LUNCH, ETC_ AND _MY BODY, MY LIFE_ [ESSAYS, POEMS]. SHE HAS
READ AT OVER 500 VENUES HERE AND ABROAD._

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