I handed my passport to the immigration officer, and he looked at it and looked at me and said, "What are you?"
Grace Hopper

Painting by Michael Parkes

She is just a foreigner
with a surname difficult to spell,
an exotic woman exiled in a dream.
It's better for everybody
to keep her inside a shell.

I've told you to keep away from her.
Her accent will always set her apart:
Is her language relevant anyway?
It seems to me she is pretty smart.

She is just a foreigner,
a bull in a china shop, an outsider:
she simply doesn't fit.
I can't understand her weirdness
or the grave errors she does commit.

Where did she say she is from?
Let's only be nice and that's all
What the hell is she doing here?
Don't you think she's got a bizarre shawl?

Immigrants, They are all the same.
She's more one: odd and disconnected.
Can't even pronounce her name.
She looks a bit dejected.

Sometimes I think she feels isolated too.
But she will never score high on my list.
Can't waste my time with her.
Why do immigrants have to exist?

Karla Bardanza

Copyright©Karla Bardanza 2011

1 comment:

  1. This is sad but true how people treat immigrants. They often forget they are children immigrants themselves. Well done flower. I loved it! tc