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I have been the featured speaker at five United States Naturalization ceremonies. I have used this wonderful poem by the great writer Ray Bradbury in each of my speeches.
America by Ray Bradbury
We are the dream that other people dream.The land where other people landWhen late at nightThey think on flightAnd, flying, here arriveWhere we fools dumbly thrive ourselves.
Refuse to seeWe be what all the world would like to be.Because we hive within this schemeThe obvious dream is blind to us.We do not mind the miracle we are,So stop our mouths with curses.While all the world rehearsesComing here to stay.We busily make plans to go away.
How dumb! newcomers cry, arrived from Chad.You're mad! Iraqis shout,We'd sell our souls if we could be you.How come you cannot see the way we see you?You tread a freedom forest as you please.But, damn! you miss the forest for the trees.Ten thousand wanderers a weekEngulf your shore,You wonder what their shouting's for,And why so glad?
Run warm those souls: America is bad?Sit down, stare in their faces, see!You be the hoped-for thing a hopeless world would be.In tides of immigrants that this year flowYou still remain the beckoning hearth they'd know.In midnight beds with blueprint, plan and schemeYou are the dream that other people dream.