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A Passive Slavery
by Sherry Gail Heim

Monday, May 01, 2006
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You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane. All they will call you will be deportees.-Woody Guthrie

A Passive Slavery


There’s a Jaguar in your driveway

And a Lexus by your door

You’d hire an American

But then you'd have to pay her more


Your maid is named Maria

Though no English does she speak

She does a really super job

And you get her on the cheap


She came here quite illegally

Which you know as well as she

It’s a secret that you both do share

And don’t mention publicly


You promote the disease that breaks our backs

Through free services she must use

You pay her so damn little

She can’t buy her children shoes


So she stops by WIC and welfare

And gets the articles she needs

Medical, housing, food and clothes

As you hide your dirty deeds


Today she didn’t come to work

She stayed out to support her cause

Though her kids still went to public school

And she eats free while breaking laws


If a change can ever happen

And our borders be secure

It is going to be the job of each of us

To become part of the cure


Sherry Gail Heim

May 1, 2006

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2006




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Reviewed by Jackson Aniefiok 8/12/2008
Thanks for this poem, i think the change you talk about will come one day and i hope that all the slaves will have their freedom.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 12/27/2006
wow! what a well done piece-thank you for writing
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 5/22/2006
You're unflinching, Sherry, in your love and dedication to this country and its problems, and I've always appreciated that about your work. This one is no different. Excellent expression, as always, but even more than that, you hit the nail on the head regarding the solution and the reason why it's a problem in the first place. the Global Capitalist beast must be fed, mustn't it? Be well, ~M
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 5/17/2006
Made me smile, how short man's memory, Sherry. Some people just can't remember their own origin! I woudn't take this personal.
Great piece of work!

Reviewed by Chanti Niven 5/3/2006
Much truth in these words. Since I've been in America, this has been a hot topic on the news. It's a difficult problem and not one that is easily solved. You've definitely provided food for thought.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 5/3/2006
A truism indeed. It's the same story here things may change, but our natures just remain the same. Straight to the point Sherry...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/3/2006
Thought you were talkin about Britain for a mo... it strikes me that the richest are the meanest when it comes to either being generous with their wealth or paying a fair wage for a fair day's work. It is hardly surprising that they have heaped up bounty for themselves. THEY are the criminals who obscure their taxes and complain the longest and the hardest about ill-treatment. And are they smilin?? Usually not. Much good may it do them. And so on and so forth, all the way down the line. Reminds me of the Biblical story of the Unmerciful Servant. This packs a punch and holds us ALL accountable in whatever ways we might wish to apply it... even down to the choices we make in the supermarket... Keen and acute, thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/2/2006
Sherry this an excellent piece
True to facts and you wrote it so well
nothing else to say

Love & Peace
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 5/2/2006
I agree with Jude as well, however until we stop electing the rich amoral types who pander to, take money from, and refuse to prosecute their own kind, it's unlikely that we'll see reform any time soon.

I suggest we start the 'cleanup' by tossing that beady eyed, Big Oil toady SOB that currently inhabits the White House to the curb...Never in my life did I dream we'd be spending triple what we were paying 5 years ago for a gallon of gas, although I knew before Dubya left office that he'd have this country thrown into pandemonium. Yesterday's marches were a good example of that. I don't know how he and his cronies sleep at night, unless they are exactly what I said...amoral.

Ok, I'm climbing down off of my Democratic soap box now. Great write Sherry! It certainly inspired alot of opinions!!! Including my little rant! I always love reading your work...

Reviewed by Peter Paton 5/2/2006
I concur with Vicky below completely
This is one big issue that should have been confronted honestly long time ago, just like George Bush Senior should have finished off that sicko Saddam in 1991...
The sins of the father are visited upon the son !
Love, Peace and Harmony
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/2/2006
I remember the song well and this poem makes just as strong a statement. I try to stay away from the policies of another country but in this case I truly believe you are right. The rich and the near rich will always find cheap labour sadly. It seems to me that until the government and the people take a stand on the moral issues here, how can they deal with the legal ones.

Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/2/2006

"A Passive Slavery" said it plainfully, and its closing lines call for JUSTICE.

"If a change can ever happen
And our borders be secure
It is going to be the job of each of us
To become part of the cure"

Thank You, Poet for this "A Passive Slavery".

Healthy Blissful Life.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/2/2006
A-so-lutely! Their "in-your-face" demonstrations are pissing me and a lot of people like me off. This is completely insane. Insanity rules. Illegals aliens demanding . . . anything . . . Just step back everybody and think about that. If you are illegal you DO NOT HAVE RIGHTS! Jeez.
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/2/2006
Most of the day laborers around these parts get 7 or 8 dollars an hour illegal or legal. If we crack down on the people who are hiring these illegals the problem would resolve itself overnight but nobody in the government will do that. It's up to us to demand action from the people we elect to office Republican and Democrat alike and stop playing politics with this highly important issue.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/2/2006
Exactly! and extremely well put. Place the responsibility on all who are responsible.........yes the rich as well.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/1/2006

Pretty darn sad, if you ask me. I can understand wanting to better one's life, but to take benefits from American citizens...beyond me. A majority of them do not want to learn English; they have their kids translate. If their want to have the American dream, why are they sending their (OUR) money overseas? To support their families?? Don't understand. You've said it powerfully and eloquently--thank you. The ones hiring illegals are just as bad.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/1/2006
Yes! Yes! Yes!!!! Couldn't agree more! Send these lawbreaksers BACK! They are CRIMINALS!!!!!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/1/2006
Ditto what Jude said, Sherry. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 5/1/2006
Hi Sherry
Multiple perspectives of the issue painted here with elloquence.
Feels to me like one of our Shadows we are going to wish we'd begun
facing with honest courage long before it go so large and looming.
Blessings, Vicky
Reviewed by jude forese 5/1/2006
you make an important point, Sherry ... the entire problem arises from those who want to get away with cheap labor ... hold them accountable ...

excellent rhyme to this powerful and well written poem ...

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 5/1/2006
We need to speak up Sherry, we need to use our voice.
God Bless
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/1/2006
Brava Sherry! You nailed the cause with truth and grace! Somehow we must elect leaders who will do what is best for the people, and change the way things have been done with cronyism and letting things get to this sad state. It isn't a question of racism, either. It's one of disgust with a system that doesn't work and no one wants to fix it.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/1/2006
Right on, Sherry...power to the people, though which people I know not...ed

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