Today’s Poetry Friday contribution will be our last poetry feature for our bimonthly theme, The Festival of Asian Literature and the Immigrant Experience. I found it difficult to find an immigrant poem for children online. I did, however, came across a short poem by Richard Macwilliam entitled “This is my house.” Included in this post is an excerpt from the poem that focuses on immigrant workers. The language is simple, but the message is strong. The Poetry Friday roundup is hosted today by Jone from Check It Out (Mac Library).
This is my house
by Richard Macwilliam
This is my house, and you are a guest in it.
Please – leave when you are no longer welcome …….
I will have no hesitation in using force -
Beneath my smile lies
This is my house: it needs rebuilding -
I value you
For your skills:
But without those skills
This is my house: you are not welcome,
Yet my morality insists that you stay -