born here (an immigrant son)

Inspired by the phrase ‘Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same’ taken from ‘Song of Myself (Leaves of Grass)’ by Walt Whitman.

This now comprises a part of The Linkages Project

I come
from a long line
of strangers

born
of here

born
of this

my parents
born somewhere
away
are both
of here
the same

and theirs before

and theirs
before

and theirs before
came over mountains
crossed
the foaming seas

and they flew
by aeroplane
so strange

but
feet on this ground
they were landed

here
where their lives
were new
begun

sing me a song
of an immigrant
on the road

sing me the song
of a traveller

I will join you
in the chorus
for I carry
that same dusty load
and I will sing
the song
with you

and then be
gone

like the wind
be gone

I come
from a line
so long
of strangers
once

born to be
as one
with this
their place

as I
am with this place

and as the road
winds

and as
it ever
was

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