in any job, it’s crucial to welcome
those entering newly into the space we share
for the time being.
but especially here, at the immigration office,
where people are far from home and everything known to them,
waiting to get the opportunity of new dreams approved,
all must assist to lift them up
so they, too, can walk through our neighborhoods
with heads held high and hopes reaching higher.
whether they end up staying or not:
missing something and someone and all the familiar
lasts way longer than it takes
to place that stamp right where it belongs.