Can the Japanese-Internment be applied to the post-9/11 discrimination?

Japanese Americans: Pearl Harbor

You don’t really know what you have ‘til it’s gone,
‘til it’s washed away like lost lives in the Pacific,
‘til you experience Battleship Row, open water
purgatory where ships hope to live but come to die…
a date which shall live in infamy…December 7, 1941,
it is all over the news, as FDR’s voice masks fear with courage,
and we sense change…U.S. attacked by the Empire of Japan…
location: Pearl Harbor; method: fighter plane; reason: it is anyone’s guess,
but the decision wasn’t ours, we did not ask for blackness, death, bombs
dropped from ‘Zero’ fighter planes, smoke and sinking ships;
Americans remember, we regret: 2,403 dead, 188 planes destroyed,
a crippled Pacific Fleet; when the Empire of the Sun suffocated the sun
with smoke, it wasn’t just American lives that were changed forever:
as battleships kissed the ocean floor, we kissed our old lives goodbye.

3 responses

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  3. I really like this poem. The imagery is really well placed and you did a great job presenting it! There is an appropriate balance of specific details and broader themes that paint a vivid picture of Pearl Harbor and how it affected society. I am very impressed with your syntax as well. It flows- and that is not easy.

    April 16, 2012 at 12:32 am

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