Pains of Heritage

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: September 05, 2018

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America for all! 

Americans, free.

Whilst they try to remember,

The pains of their ancestors. 

 

I soberly wonder

Surely! By this time,

We can forgive and forget,

Perhaps, if we give respect.

 

History roots go deep,

In the hearts of men,

Pilgrims came, died, and conquered

Slaves served, were sold and tortured. 

 

Native tribes were ruined,

Spaniards came to save.

Puritans fled government,

And Chinese came for profit.

 

Indians were farmers,

Dutch came as merchants.

Russians fled from poverty,

Syrians were refugees.

 

America for all! 

Americans, free.

Yet they try to remember, 

The pains of their ancestors. 

 

I somberly ponder

Even at this time,

We can't forgive and forget

Unless we learn to respect.

 

Every race overcame,

The trials of men.

Englishmen settled, peaceful. 

Africans became equal.

 

Native children live on,

The Spanish flourished.

Puritans made Jamestown,

The Chinese made Chinatown.

 

Indians fought for rights,

Dutchmen fought in war. 

Russians fought persecution.

Syrians fought omission.

 

America for all!

Americans, free.

Whilst they try to remember,

The pains of their ancestors.

 

I quietly wonder,

If ever in time,

Will we receive forgiveness?

Or forget respectfulness?

 


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