Poetry Corner: “Immigration to Canada (prior to the Muslim surge) the land of milk and honey”

Immigration to Canada the land of milk and honey

Perpetual poverty exacerbated by violence
baked red necked existence in the sun
on your own soil if fortunate
always a step above landless peasantry even if technically a kulak
receiving the self contempt sentence of life
worse seeing your children condemned to the same
sweat soaked undershirts, cracked nails and donkey braying
in a miserable hovel
hunted by prig faced idiots from the capital
(ironically respected)

So the homeland spews the excess
into a buyer’s market
industrial prosperity

but to the newly arrived but to the fringes of milk and honey
washing machined flats
gold and red furniture
garish and covered in plastic
purchased after sweat shopped hours

Yet the homeland remembered fondly
which was a delusion that flicked them off like flies

Only their children may escape into a corrupted liberation
their parents mere historical anomalies culturally trapped in the values of the homeland at the time they arrived in Canada

like schizophrenic tourists

Robert K. Stephen

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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