“This is not America” by Gregory Dicum from

;In a nation of immigrants, we all have ancestors who decided it was time to go. Around the world, people make the decision every day, packing a few belongings onto a cart and walking away from the action, as is happening now in Kurdistan and Baghdad. What happens when it’s our turn? Much has changed already; how much more will have to change before it becomes time for me to sell the house? Sew gold coins into the hem of my jacket as I gather the loved ones around me one last time? It’s not here yet, but is the hour approaching when, once again, we might decide to bid farewell to yet another homeland?

Posted April 1, 2003

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