Sunday, September 12, 2021

Poetry Break: Prayer for My Immigrant Relatives by Lory Bedikian

It's Sunday. And that means it's time for another poetry break. Today's poem comes from Lory Bedikian and was featured in her work The Book of Lamenting.

Prayer for My Immigrant Relatives

While they wait in long lines, legs shifting,
fingers growing tired of holding handrails,
pages of paperwork, give them patience.
Help them to recall the cobalt Mediterranean
or the green valleys full of vineyards and sheep.
When peoples’ words resemble the buzz
of beehives, help them to hear the music
of home, sung from balconies overflowing
with woven rugs and bundled vegetables.
At night, when the worry beads are held
in one palm and a cigarette lit in the other,
give them the memory of their first step
onto solid land, after much ocean, air and clouds,
remind them of the phone call back home saying,
We arrived. Yes, thank God we made it, we are here.

-KitJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2021/09/poetry-break-prayer-for-my-immigrant-relatives-by-lory-bedikian.html

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