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The Home of the Homeless

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Old Westbury chapter.

New York is my home, Lady Liberty my mother.

We are an embodiment of this place.

My grandmother spoke Italian, I can’t speak a bit

But I understand a little Spanish.

My skin is white, it’s made up of many

From Natives to Ukrainians, from Irish to Italians.

My lover is Latino: Dominican and Ecuadorian

Raised by a first-generation Sicilian-American with none of his blood.

My friends are those who make up the rainbow of skin colors

Those in Hijabs and wearing bracelets for PRIDE

Those in lab coats waiting for their friends to finish praying.

My home is a place that gives hope to the weak

And now I long to give hope to the weak.

My home has shown what poverty is,

I’ve seen veterans sleeping on the doorsteps of Cathedrals.

Often times Latin or Italian Cathedrals

The Cathedrals of the immigrants.

But you say the immigrants will take away from those who sleep

Yet you are often the one walking around the resting, acting as if they don’t exist.

You are not the one letting those worn from life sit on your doorstep

You tell them to get a job, to stop being lazy.

The beauty of immigration, all immigration

Is that it makes the world a rainbow.

My world is a rainbow of skin color

My world is a swirling rainbow of cultures.

My world is a beautiful mix of dialects

So even those who only speak English possess an accent.

My city has been attacked, my home as well,

My loved ones hurt in 9/11.

But still we love the rainbow of people.

Still Lady Liberty holds her torch to light the way for those in need

A torch no one will ever be able to blow out.


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Jessinta Smith

Old Westbury

Jessinta is a Media and Communications major at SUNY Old Westbury, and has written for varying outlets including Out.com and StudyBreaks. She edits, writes, and is CC for HCOW, and discusses everything from mental health to politics. To see more of her work or get in contact with her, visit jessintawrites.wordpress.com.
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Deirdre Bardolf

Old Westbury

"With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?" Student, 22. Long Island