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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