Exiles (audio)

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My maternal Italian grandmother Maria Cajetan Grego Frandi

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In Memory of all those mothers, children, and grandmothers who followed their men to the other side of their world. To lands not always welcoming…nothing changes

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Exiles

Exiled from home. The far sea rolls

between them and the country of their birth;

the childhood-turning impulse of their souls

EVA Exiles

My paternal grandmother, Eva Arida Fahkrey (Coory) 15yrs old & married, Bcharre, Lebanon

pulls half across the earth. Exiled from home.

No mother to take care that they work too hard,

grieve not too sore;

no older brother nor small sister fair

no father any more.

Exiled from home; from all familiar things;

the low browed roof, the grass surrounded door;

accustomed labours that gave daylight wings;

loved steps on the worn floor.

Exiled from home. Young girls sent forth alone

when most their hearts need close companioning;

no love and hardly friendship may they own,

no voice of welcoming.

Blended with homesick tears the exile stands;

to toil for alien household gods she comes;

a servant and a stranger in our lands,

homeless within our homes.

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– Charlotte Perkins Gilman. (1914)

AUDIO: Exiles 

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See later post: Italian Villa With Virgin

See Immigration & The Promise

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2 comments
  1. OMG that is Jordan – tell me that is not Jordan Revill’s face

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