2017 Youth Poet Laureate

We the Young People: Reflecting on Our Nation’s Birthday with Mila Cuda, Los Angeles 2017 Youth Poet Laureate

Manifest Destiny is a Polite Word for Massacre

by Mila Cuda

My country’s doormat
reads: SORRY, NO VACANCIES
Cheap apology.

I want it to read:
YOU’RE WELCOME HERE, DO COME IN
Make yourself at home.

My country’s doormat
dressed in its hypocrisy
knows not of fleeing.

Only of conquer.
Pioneer is immigrant.
Now unlock the door.

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