Asian Literature and Immigrant Experience Poetry Friday Reading Themes

Poetry Friday: This is my house by Richard Macwilliam

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 –

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

8 comments on “Poetry Friday: This is my house by Richard Macwilliam

  1. Wow – a horrible sharp edge to that poem that far too many people (in my hometown and all over) feel. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I think that this would be a powerful poem to introduce to older students, Fats. Perhaps it would change some of their ideas of the workers they see. And, there are a few examples of poems by a poet who writes for older children on the Poem Hunter. His name is Gary Soto & I use his work often.


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  4. This is making me think about home visits to my immigrant students’ homes. On the giving end, my end, there are no ulterior motives, there is no judgement. Easier said than received. This poem shows me how stressful such a visit can be on the receiving end.


  5. Thought provoking….such an interesting perspective.


  6. Karen Edmisten

    Yes, simple language but strong and makes the point perfectly.


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