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Amongst Immigrants

Made it in at 10 A.M. 
immigrants who want 
   to become 
working Americans 
Only a lowly college assistant 
  yet I have 
my share of students 
They come from Israel, Bangladesh, Russia, the D.R. and other places 
    Use a few phrases in Russian, Spanish, Mandarin 
         to help them relax 
Use the computer 
to aid  them in their 
The day rolls on 
           When no one show up 
I write poetry 
   and post it on the web 
I suppose I 
   am a little lazy 
But not as lazy as some 
    Despite the difficulties 
 I feel I am 
     "making a difference" 
  I'm basically pro - union 
   but my union 
isn't helping me out too much 
Well, after a few cups of green tea 
   the day ends 


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  1. Date: 1/26/2015 4:39:00 PM

    Ah, but we can do so much with a poem...impact so many lives and even make changes.
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 10:41:00 PM

    sweet poem on your life as a college assistant. You are also an ESL teacher, right? I remember in the 80's I got to teach as a teacher at hayward university in CA. That was only for a year or less but quite the job, driving up to a campus each day. Not the best time of my life. It was kind of stressful.
  1. Date: 1/24/2015 7:05:00 PM

    And I hope you continue to help these needy immigrants...kudos for your good work.