“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.