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

of here

of this

my parents
born somewhere
are both
of here
the same

and theirs before

and theirs

and theirs before
came over mountains
the foaming seas

and they flew
by aeroplane
so strange

feet on this ground
they were landed

where their lives
were new

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

like the wind
be gone

I come
from a line
so long
of strangers

born to be
as one
with this
their place

as I
am with this place

and as the road

and as
it ever


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