[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Hearts of Dreamers

“Maybe that’s all we were. Dreamers.
And we knew the end was coming. Our end.”

Maybe that’s all we were. Dreamers. And somewhere, deep down, we knew the day would come that we would wake up and all of what we shared would be behind us. It was something we knew hovered on the horizon, but like any other mirage, we didn’t realize how close it was after all. And once it’s all said and done, the only thing that remains is memories. I have to admit, I wasn’t ready for reality to set in. I wasn’t ready for the end. Our end. But here we are, going our separate ways. I couldn’t help but wonder if we took a wrong turn somewhere. Nevertheless, the memories are all I have to hold on to.

— Sarah Doughty—

For this week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday, we’re returning to Sarah Doughty’s inspirational and evocative words. As soon as I read this poem, my mind immediately thought of the DREAMers here in the United States. For those of you not well-versed in American politics, “DREAMers” is a term used to describe young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children, lived and attended school here, and, in many cases, identify themselves as American. The term gets its name from the DREAM Act, a bill first proposed in Congress in 2001 that would have granted eventual legal status to these undocumented youth. The bill was never passed into law, but the name has stuck around through the years.

The plight of immigrants, and particularly of DREAMers, in the United States is one that’s close to my heart. When I read this poem of Sarah’s, it struck me how this poem could also describe many DREAMers’ situation—the fear that deep down, a day would come when they would be deported from the only country they’ve ever known, when they would have to leave behind the friends they’ve made and the lives they’ve built, when all that would be left would be the memories of their home. I think this fear is even more imminent in many DREAMers minds now with the United States’ current government’s condemning stance on immigration. For many DREAMers, the end of their lives as they know them truly does seem to be coming. 

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6 thoughts on “[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Hearts of Dreamers

  1. you have given me new insight on your country’s political leanings and immigrant’s plight – yes that is sad, who says what defines home for you and me? is it everyone an immigrant? who came first, we all came from somewhere at one point in time. my heart goes out to those who could be affected by this, but i pray they never lose the power of their dreams, they can make a new life even though how tough. Sarah’s words are very inspiring, with her gentle prose she creates such awareness.

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    1. I’m happy to shine a light on this very real situation for millions of young immigrant youth. I understand the argument against them (they are technically undocumented and thus, residing illegally in the country), but on the other side, they were all children brought by their parents, many entering legally and they didn’t know any better because, again, they were young children. Then they grew up here in this country, going to school and making friends, and so many of them are upstanding citizens in every way except for the paperwork. So many of them are so smart, and they’re just trying to get a good education and get a good job and keep out of trouble. Like I said, this is a plight that is so near and dear to my heart.

      Your words and your prayer that they never lost the power of their dreams is such a wonderful sentiment. Thank you Gina for opening your heart to this situation 💜

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      1. you are a strong writer, you not only have talent but intelligence, that sets you apart.

        if you can provoke an emotion, that is the true test to me.

        i don;t really read a lot about politics and policies so am very pleased to learn more this way, an insiders view.

        yes sadly teh same happens here for these misplaced kids, but malaysian government has programmes to legalise them and bring them into society, its not a straightforward or simple process, but they don’t get turned back. maybe one day we will feel the weight of this programme, but if it keeps families together maybe it will strengthen our economy and benefit all

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