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Jonathan Nathan Go Do Your Homework - Poem by Mary Naylor


Little Jonathan Nathan looked at his mama.
“Juan wasn’t at school today.
His family are illegal immigrants. They’re being deported.”
“Good, they have no business being here.”

“He was looking through the fence at school,
And he was crying. Why was he sad? ”
“He’s being sent back to Mexico where he belongs.
You know he and his family are here illegally.”

“Are we here legally? ”
“Why Jonathan Nathan, of course we are! ”
And, I am a Daughter of the Revolution.
This country was built on such as we.”

“Were we here before anyone else? ”
“Well, no, there were some Indians and Mexicans.
But they don’t count. We count.”
“Why do we count and they don’t? ”


“I can’t. I keep seeing Juan crying at the fence, ”
“We had a right to this land by the Doctrine of Manifest Destiny.
That means from sea to sea, we have a right to this land.
God gave us that right.” “MAMA! Did you hear God say so? ”


“Mama, where did we come from? ”
“Well, they took us out of jails in England, mostly,
because we had to steal food for our families,
And they sent us to America.”

“Mama, that’s almost like Juan’s Mama and Daddy!
They came here to earn money to feed their family!
And they do work no one else wants to do.
They’re like we were long ago! ”


“But Mama…” “We fought a war for this land and won.”
“Didn’t it belong to the Mexican people first? ”
“Well, yes, and we offered them money for the land,
But they refused to be reasonable about it.”

“Our teacher says our Constitution is the hope of the world.
I was just wondering, since they were here first,
And we took the land away from them,
Couldn’t we make it easier for them to become citizens? ”


Comments about Jonathan Nathan Go Do Your Homework by Mary Naylor

  • Rookie Sandra Fowler (10/31/2007 2:09:00 AM)

    What an extraordinary poem story. We could all learn lessons about compassion from Jonathan Nathan. Beautifully written as always.


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  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (10/6/2007 7:22:00 PM)

    Irony rings like music from these witty words about colonization and immigration policy in American. Circumstances in Australia mirror the conflicts you describe so cleverly in this excellent poem. We used the term 'terra nullius' to describe the land we invaded two hundred hears ago. In fact the aboriginal people only were given the right to vote after a referendum was passed in 1967. These days, our government's treatment of refugees is merciless - many 'boat people' living for years in limbo in detention camps awaiting settlement of their claims. Thank you for sharing your rage. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

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Poems About Homework

  1. 1. Jonathan Nathan Go Do Your Homework , Mary Naylor
  2. 2. Homework Sucks , fahed sharaf
  3. 3. “i Still Think About You Every Day” , Lorene Kinsey
  4. 4. ! ! Emily Dickinson Takes A Poetry Course , Michael Shepherd
  5. 5. Homework Excuses- The Worst A Kid Could .. , Sharmila Saheed
  6. 6. Hurt , Amanda Ford
  7. 7. Homing Pigeon , nimal dunuhinga
  8. 8. Bluie, My Octopus Friend (Children) , .Pd. is here
  9. 9. My Excuses , poem master
  10. 10. Reading Tom Sawyer Again , Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello
  11. 11. My English Teacher , Albert John
  12. 12. A New School Year , Joseph T. Renaldi
  13. 13. Stupid School - A Children's Poem , C Richard Miles
  14. 14. I Remember..... , DaunaLee Martens
  15. 15. Warm Blankets , Carolyn Brunelle
  16. 16. Wintermusic , Frank Bana
  17. 17. Friendship , David C. Simon
  18. 18. Tardiness , Charles Hice
  19. 19. 'To Do' List Of A Klutz, A.K.A Yours Truly , Leslie Ching
  20. 20. I Hate School , Clarice Hughes
  21. 21. Things To Do , Anne Unknown
  22. 22. Hard Work! , Otaku Nature Lover CSHY
  23. 23. Myself , Ann Young
  24. 24. Midlife Crisis , gershon hepner
  25. 25. I Hate Homework , Damian Dauthdaert
  26. 26. School Kids , Emma Alberts
  27. 27. My Mother And I , Alexis R.
  28. 28. Sloth , Justin Reamer
  29. 29. Retiring Early , Herbert Nehrlich
  30. 30. Family: The Sms-Messages Start... , Margaret Alice
  31. 31. One Tough Nun , Donal Mahoney
  32. 32. Bullying. No Wait, Scratch That. Abuse. , Louisa Rogers
  33. 33. Homework (Acrostic) , Janneke Tenvoorde
  34. 34. Leave Him Alone , Aldo Kraas
  35. 35. My English Teacher Was Wooly-Headed , Raj Arumugam
  36. 36. 666 Third Examples , Charles Hice
  37. 37. Daydream Of Drool , Robert Rorabeck
  38. 38. Bigger Teen Boobs Seem To Be On The Most.. , Michael Gale
  39. 39. The Sun's Homework , Robert Rorabeck
  40. 40. Nice Things... , Becky Ginn
  41. 41. Computer , sarthak mishra
  42. 42. Homework , Carson Miller
  43. 43. Oh Homework , Amadeo Wongsodihardjo
  44. 44. I Didn'T Do My Math Homework , Kevin Quero
  45. 45. School Is Out , Christina Phan
  46. 46. Home Work , Adam Davis
  47. 47. I Ate My Homework For Brekky , Abdul Naheesapolotomis
  48. 48. School , Katie Holland
  49. 49. The Love Of A Mother Is Sincere , Courtney Mayer
  50. 50. She , Mridula Gupta
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