Poem: “Brown at the Brown Borders”

Brown at the borders

Are sons and daughters
of parents who have escaped
violence, wars, weapons, and
endless tears.

America fears children

Who crosses her borders
Believing that safety and
calm are here.

Year after year, “the browning

of America” is somehow a
threat. How could we ever
Forget that this land was
once inhabited by their Ancestors

Brown at the borders, as

the President of the United States 
orders billions from Congress
To deport thousands of children.

Children who have feelings.
Children who have emotions.
Children who seek better lives.

Brown at the borders 

Running from ruins and relentless
pressure from rough gang leaders
They are being told, “America will

give you amnesty.”

The children live in a hopeless land.

Will we take the time to understand?
From America, they will be shipped
and banned.

We have the upper hand, as they remain

brown at the borders. Brown at our mean,

politically motivated, heartless borders.

© Christopher D. Sims

July 10, 2014

Reprinted with permission from the author.

Photo: Immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Eric Gay/AP


Christopher D. Sims
Christopher D. Sims

Christopher D. Sims is an internationally known poet, activist, and spoken word performer. His writing has helped in causes that speak for justice and equality. Amnesty International published a poem by him in defense of the late Troy Davis. His forthcoming book of poetry is entitled "Universal Citizen."