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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. 51. Jonathan Nathan Go Do Your Homework , Mary Naylor
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  5. 55. Homework Excuses- The Worst A Kid Could .. , Sharmila Saheed
  6. 56. Hurt , Amanda Ford
  7. 57. Homing Pigeon , nimal dunuhinga
  8. 58. Homework (Acrostic) , Janneke Tenvoorde
  9. 59. Bluie, My Octopus Friend (Children) , .Pd. is here
  10. 60. My Excuses , poem master
  11. 61. Reading Tom Sawyer Again , Paolo Giuseppe Mazzarello
  12. 62. I Hate School , Clarice Hughes
  13. 63. A New School Year , Joseph T. Renaldi
  14. 64. Stupid School - A Children's Poem , C Richard Miles
  15. 65. I Remember..... , DaunaLee Martens
  16. 66. Warm Blankets , Carolyn Brunelle
  17. 67. Modern Parent , Lore Me34
  18. 68. If I Had Superpowers , LaTisha Parkinson
  19. 69. Friendship , David C. Simon
  20. 70. Syria 10 - Sonnet Of Before , Danny Draper
  21. 71. Tardiness , Charles Hice
  22. 72. 'To Do' List Of A Klutz, A.K.A Yours Truly , Leslie Ching
  23. 73. Things To Do , Anne Unknown
  24. 74. Hard Work! , Otaku Nature Lover CSHY
  25. 75. Myself , Ann Young
  26. 76. Midlife Crisis , gershon hepner
  27. 77. I Hate Homework , Damian Dauthdaert
  28. 78. School Kids , Emma Alberts
  29. 79. My Mother And I , Alexis R.
  30. 80. Family Music , Pamela Sinicrope
  31. 81. Sloth , Justin Reamer
  32. 82. School Theme 15. Sir, You’ve Shaken Off .. , Konstantin Ananin
  33. 83. Family: The Sms-Messages Start... , Margaret Alice
  34. 84. Retiring Early , Herbert Nehrlich
  35. 85. Teachers Pet , Selam G. Sekuar
  36. 86. Bullying. No Wait, Scratch That. Abuse. , Louisa Rogers
  37. 87. Daydream Of Drool , Robert Rorabeck
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  39. 89. The Sun's Homework , Robert Rorabeck
  40. 90. Nice Things... , Becky Ginn
  41. 91. My English Teacher Was Wooly-Headed , Raj Arumugam
  42. 92. 666 Third Examples , Charles Hice
  43. 93. Leave Him Alone , Aldo Kraas
  44. 94. Computer , sarthak mishra
  45. 95. School. , Harold R Hunt Sr
  46. 96. Homework , Carson Miller
  47. 97. Oh Homework , Amadeo Wongsodihardjo
  48. 98. I Didn'T Do My Math Homework , Kevin Quero
  49. 99. School Is Out , Christina Phan
  50. 100. Home Work , Adam Davis
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