Poetry

“Song of the Immigrant Indian” by Milind Padki

Song of the Immigrant Indian
Milind Padki

 

On Mumbai’s sidewalk, at the consulate’s doors,

Seeking a visa for America’s shores,

Lay wanna-be immigrants, making no fuss

Hoods on a motorbike addressed them thus:

“Going to America? Are ye all fools?

The whore chews you out, breaking all rules.

Stay at home here, life here’s sunny,

Eat with the family, with love and ceremony.

For America is a country so funky,

You eat like a monkey, and work like a donkey!”

Chorus:

America is a country so funky,

Eat like a monkey and work like a donkey!

“Don’t ever call her the “Beckoning Whore”,

Believe in America’s abiding lore,

“Work, work hard, and then work some more”

Is the way to success and gold coin galore!”

America is a country so funky,

Eat like a monkey and work like a donkey!

“All through the night, in old Fords clunky,

Weird people come, colorful and funky,

Once in while: a heroin junkie

Saved by Ganesha, I manage this Dunky.”

America is a country so funky,

Eat like a monkey and work like a donkey!

“Joe truck driver brings in a lass,

Low on money, but brimming with sass,

And lo-and- behold, once in a while,

Joe brings in a young man virile!”

America is a country so funky,

Eat like a monkey and work like a donkey!

“Capitalism’s a system rather funny,

Taught me my Dad’s friend “Uncle” Johnny,

Other peoples’ brains and other peoples’ money,

You make your bread, and lot and lots of honey!”

America is a country so funky,

Eat like a monkey and work like a donkey!

“Manubhai has left, and taken his wages,

Gather the priests, and Saffron-Clad sages,

Far from the village, in Diaspora’s pages,

Manubhai will shine for infinite ages!”

America is a country so funky,

Eat like a monkey and work like a donkey!

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