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Topic: HUNGRY (01/09/20)
TITLE: This Adopted Land of Mine
By Corinne Smelker
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When I was but a young child
We took a boat to a land so wild
“Things will be better there, you’ll see.”
My father said, his face filled with glee.
As we grew up we saw he was right
There was food on the table every night
Exceptional fresh food, oh so plentiful
This new land was extremely bountiful
But, as an adult, things began to change
This adopted land of ours became so strange
International politicians said, “No more apartheid! (pronounced ‘apart-hate’)
Until this stops, there will be no more worldwide freight!”
Each month inflation rose another three-hundred percent
“How shall I feed my child and myself?” I said in torment.
The time came when I could feed him or me,
So I fed him and I lived on tea.
The land that I loved was in such chaos and confusion
Food was scarce, politicians acted together in collusion
Against the very people they had sworn to protect
All across the country there was a sense of neglect.
I had to look to the future for my son and me
So we took off in a jetliner in nineteen-ninety-three
Where we would eventually live, I did not know
Perhaps we’d end up somewhere where there was snow!
Today we live in these beautiful United States
And we never again had to worry about weight
Well, that is not strictly true
I have gained more than just a few!
This new land of plenty has been very good to us
And any time my American-born kids begin to fuss
I remind them when their brother and I had no food
And very quickly that changes their mind and their mood.
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