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Jared Polis: Second verse, same as the first

Jared Polis is both a politician and a poet -- and he sent two self-penned poems with his holiday greetings. The first, which you can read here, is a retrospective look at 2009.

The second comes with this message from the congressman: "May 2010 bring Comprehensive Immigration Reform to our nation and our millions of families who wait in limbo for a chance to legally exist, contribute to society, and live the American Dream."

And the poem:

Remaining Work

By the Statue of Liberty (aka Jared Polis)

My dear right side is angry

With certain justification

With rage we observe

Rampant disregard for the law of the land

No one guarding, miles of border sand

Bird flus and pig flus (not the kind for a vet)

Our schools overwhelmed, our hospitals overset

Our Laws flouted and violated,

Our border security degraded,

Without insurance, without taxes, without existence under the rules

Why does our policy this invasion fuel?

My dear left side outraged at tragedies and plights

The mother separated from her sons

The abuelita in flight

The worker paid less than minimum wage

Afraid to object lest he be seized and detained

The student who finds she can't go to college,

The the detainee who languishes in taxpayer-financed squalor

Twelve million here but not here

Laws violated, not enforced

Each day we keep the pot from melting our valuable additions

The irony of our current policies that lead to sedition

An affront to I who hold the torch high

Give me your tired your poor

that I may look through them

Use them abuse them,

And neglect to see

That they are me

And I am but of them and their progeny,

as I always have been and always will be.


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