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The Immigration Officer Asked Me

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The Immigration Officer Asked Me

                                 "The Immigration Officer Asked Me."

I was asked where are you coming from?
I answered I ran away from the war in my
country.?

I was asked how many years the war lasted?
I answered there was war for sixteen years
we were bombarded daily attacked by militia
on our way to work when we could go to work.

I was asked why did you choose this country?
I answered because they accept political refugees
and i heard that Canadians are helping us.

I was asked why do you look so pale and slim?
I answered because we had no food to eat when
we were bombarded we could not go out to buy
food, and when we were in the shelter nobody
brought us any food.

I was asked why are you wearing dark glasses?
I answered because i am not used to see the light.
We rarely had electricity, always using a candle
and staying in the dark for days my eye sight
weakened.

I was asked why don't you hear well?
I answered because of the arterially shelling.
And we had a bomb falling on our ceiling when
i was sitting in our home before the bomb fell.

I was asked why do you look shabby?
I answered because we never had water.
We never had water running in our tapes 
we had to buy water to have a shower or 
rain to fill utensils in plastic for many days.

He asked why don't you have any luggage?
I answered because i have nothing to wear.
My kids education needed all the money and 
i worked 2 jobs to bring in some money.

He asked what kind of work did you do?
I answered i was working in the hospital.
And working in a Boutique for mens clothing.

He asked were you working as a nurse?
I answered no i was cleaning the floors
and bathrooms i was everywhere for years
in that hospital.

He asked do you have any money on you?
I answered no the militia took everything.
When i arrived to the boat to leave the 
country as the airport was closed for 
years sometimes, at the port, one militia 
guy just snatched the few dollars i had.

He asked did you leave your home behind?
I answered no they bombarded my home
its in rebels i have nothing left in Lebanon.
He noticed my tears tumbling down my cheeks.

He asked where were you living then?
I answered i lived underground with many
people, for months sometimes we were 
underground sleeping on the floor somedays 
we had no food given by the enemy, the cry`s 
of children hungry was unbearable.

He asked do you have any family with you?
I answered no i have been alone since the war.
I had to send away my children after they 
were able to graduate not to be snatched by 
the militia. They both went to the US to work.

He asked how many children do you have?
I answered i have two boys one is a lawyer
and my other son is an interior designer.

He asked and where are they now?
I answered they ran away from the militia
to the US as we had very close friends who 
took them until they could find work to pay 
a rented room.

He asked how may languages do you speak?
I answered i speak three languages.
Arabic English and French.

He asked do you want to stay here?
I answered with my tears blinding
my eyes, please, i have nowhere
to go and i heard so much about 
the Canadians how human and 
generous they are.

He looked at me with a painful look
I will accept you as a political refugee
we will give you some money every
month you will have a bed to sleep
you will have food to eat work to do
water to drink shower and clothes
to wear and you can ask your 
children to come, are you happy now.

He stamped my passport and wished
me a good luck with a huge smile.
The beginning of a new life.

                                             Terry
                                           7/3/2013

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  1. Date: 9/2/2014 10:16:00 AM
    Hi Terry, I'm a little late, thank you for the sweet nice reply, ..LINDA

  1. Date: 8/24/2014 11:04:00 AM
    Terry, Stopping by to check out a few of the featured poems:) Congratulations on having your poem featured on the soup's home page. Always~ LINDA

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 8/24/2014 2:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello my friend, you have always been my faithful friend, and you never forgot me even if I do not review your poems. This shows what a Lady you are. Amazing PD. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all the happiness that you deserve. I still cannot believe that Poetry Soup published my poem. Thank you. Love u Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 8/20/2014 8:56:00 AM
    This was a very moving poem. That's what thousands of refugees experience as they flee their war-torn nations, like in Syria today... Congratulations for having your work featured in PS homepage! Teddy.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 8/24/2014 2:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello Teddy, thank you so much for passing by to read my poem, and enjoyed it. Yes today's news remind me of Lebanon, where I passed 16 years in that war, and migrated to Canada. Bless you. Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 1/31/2013 5:49:00 AM
    Dear Terry, GOD BLESS CANADA! Our adaptive country! Paraphrasing Alexander, I always say: That to Greece I owe my being, BUT to Canada I owe my wellbeing! Only if someone has been through a situation like this can truly understand what this wonderful poem means! Thank you

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/31/2013 6:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes i know you know.....hope you have a beautiful day..full of peace.....xoxo Terry
  1. Date: 1/30/2013 8:38:00 AM
    Terry i always thought that i am a strong human being but im not as half as strong as you.We all have our stories but some are just so deep they reach my heart and soul making me wanna be that officer and assure you that all s gonna be ok.Going tmfvs..Hugs Charma

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/30/2013 10:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank yo so much...your words are so so warm they touched my heart......thank God all is well i have been here in Canada feeling great....thanks.......from the depth of my heart.....Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 1/29/2013 11:07:00 AM
    Nicely done!!!! Can you please read my poem thanks

  1. Date: 1/29/2013 1:27:00 AM
    pain an suffering in the subtle hell, where war an slaughter do so well, to go anywhere that's nice, a great step at any price, enjoy your new world belle... may happiness dispel, cos now you have a life :)

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/29/2013 7:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hello handsome young man...yes i do have a life thank God.....thank you....so nice of you to pass by....Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 1/27/2013 4:36:00 PM
    wow, terry, this helps me know you even better. and I am waiting to hear about this horrible war of which you have written. a magnificent way to do a bio poem!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/27/2013 4:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much, i just fell in love the email about the cats....loved them....Love Terry
  1. Date: 1/27/2013 1:55:00 PM
    Oh, so good, Therese. I love it. New life, new beginning. Awesome!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/27/2013 3:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, yes a new wonderful life here.... its so nice of you to stop by.. Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 1/26/2013 5:15:00 AM
    it is as if in this moment fear itself speaks on your behalf. It presumes to do that for so many of us so often.Great work Terry.Thanks.

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/26/2013 2:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much. xoxo Terry
  1. Date: 1/25/2013 10:35:00 PM
    Terry; this deep and very heartfelt. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/26/2013 12:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Lucy...i just felt it in my soul, Take care..love Terry xoxo
  1. Date: 1/25/2013 10:14:00 PM
    Very deep and powerful echoes of my heart at times. Lovely write....lovely! Thanks for your constant encouragement. It means so much to me!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/26/2013 12:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I look at your picture and see your eyes as if they are reaching out, you are a very warm soul, but i feel you are lonely, apart your health, something is missing that hurts you on daily basis.....love yourself, relief your inner depth from adding to it more pain...try the words, no matter what, life is beautiful....a friend...xoxo Terry
  1. Date: 1/25/2013 6:00:00 PM
    This is quite the intriguing write Terry! I really enjoyed reading this thought provoking poem this evening! What a immortal piece, Great Work!!

    Bacha Avatar Therese Bacha
    Date: 1/25/2013 6:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you , so much, i was just reading your latest poem, loved it......keep it going young man...xoxo Terry