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Arrival, New York,1909
by Michael Kozubek

Sunday, July 15, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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my grandmother arrives as an immigrant in America with three children, 1909

 On the steam-driven Potsdam, 

my grandmother and 3 children 
anchored below the Statue of Liberty
in a steamer trunk 
  all they could carry; 
journeyed with little more than hope
(before the ghetto and Auschwitz) 
from the only 
home they have known, 
a village east of Kraków; 
   gambled their 
   and their descendants' lives
on rumor, talk, and dreams
(to escape starvation and lives without hope 
is worth the gamble, they claimed) , 
though stricken  and   shaken 
through   lightening 
          and     storms   of   the 
      rolling    highway   of ocean 
   they ventured, 
huddled on a rough-hewn bunk 
singing the stifling steerage blues 
(vomit and lice along for the ride) . 
Now   at the dock 
They scour for work, 
Which means food and life, 
Even to the little ones. 
As in the distance Liberty 
Cries out again to all: 
"Give me your tired, 
your poor, your huddled masses 
yearning to breathe 
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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/16/2012
What a wonderful tribute to what your grandmother endured to come to the promise they called America. Today, with immigrants from everywhere in the world trying to come here to find a better life, we are besieged by the threat of them taking away what we deem to be precious. We often forget what the Statue of Liberty stands for in these times.

Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/16/2012
i like this Michael
for its directness and honesty -
no spin or waffle, things as they were
in all their difficulties and hopes
thank you for sharing


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