Give and Take
(Dedicated to the Teachers and Students of America)
Itís an American saying
Or the feeling of the universe,
I teach my children
Hope they remember my own verse.
Dad was growing up in a place far
from the U.S.A.
They are proud to have been born
They feel Dadís feelings of
To be "reborn" with the
Freedom thatís so dear.
Give and Take, thatís for me to
A refugee from the land lost to
Give and Take, thatís for all
who chose to come here
America, the land of altruism.
Do not come to my America
Just to take and run;
Treat her as your home when you
are here to stay
Let your thankful heart be shining
in the SunÖ
Linh Duy Vo
11 June 1998 ©
Poet's note: The man who was responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on American soil forgot that his family immigrated to America and became very rich, owning everything that a native born American would only dream. That his fellow countrymen and religious practitioners have come here in search of happiness, freedom and liberty.
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