Migrant Tales Literary: Poetic essay for tomatoes and cucumbers

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By Dana

در دام اگرافتادی،  جنگ مکن         بیهوده به جان خود وما رشک مکن

If u fall in a trap, don’t fight back              Vanity and envy won’t help you to be free

آشی که تو خود پزی، اول تو خوری          پس بر سر خود مزن، برو، خشم مکن

The porridge u cook , first u’ll eat                    So don’t be so hard on yourself.

Adam’s brain was moved by the fuel of prejudice, fed by a tomato and cucumber, ha ha HA!

What is the difference between a homegrown tomato and one brought from other lands?

When at the social welfare office, Mr. Law starts to beat me, everyone stands and watches idly, and the tomato and cucumber, the racist and intolerant people, believe that the tomato and cucumber are more important than a human being!

Possibly the homegrown tomato and cucumber are gold and the most expensive vegetables in the world for some racists. Thank GOD that they don’t have any taste buds and can’t either smell or think so they’d know what normal is.

Tomatoes…                             Source: Flickr.

But wait a moment! Maybe they have high values. They claim that only a white hand can touch the seed that is planted. LOL!

It’s good that in this country there aren’t any fruit, arbor, and flower gardens, otherwise our destiny would be worse and sicker than now. If this land had the four seasons of more benign climates together with mountains, plains and valleys, perhaps they’d build a wall around it, an ironic wall like the one in China where no-one could come in.

What is all this pride and honor bestowed to the tomato and cucumber?!

What is ur traditional food?

…and cucumbers.                              Source: Flickr.

What about technology, do you have any? Has it grown?

Tell me what percentage of immigrants and refugees have worked in your land and how many do u hire.

Tell me about your philosophers, your authors and poets – what about a good movie? Have you ever seen any in this country…only copied TV programs, copied, copied…

Have u ever heard of a good movie??? A great singer?? An actress, actor, maybe?

Houses are very simple here, apartments are so simple, only one room, dark, small windows…what do they say about the architects…I don’t believe your compliments, claim, claim, claim what you will! Can u prove ur claims? Can U?

What about art, its technique and the profession? Do u have any idea what life is? What does life mean to u? Have you ever had an open-minded journalist, intellectuals, even a genus among your ranks?

You don’t even have one magazine or newspaper that speaks up for immigrants, refugees, drunkards, the poor, old people; ur alone, no family, children with two mothers and fathers, high rate of divorce, lazy people in parliament, racist, racism, nationals who work in foreign companies and organizations, in hotels, at the Hilton Hotel, export, import and now they are so important for economic growth. How many real stories are sleeping in chests, in courts, in the ombudsman’s office?

Cucumber, tomato, and 4 different types of brown bread, and being blonde and white at the end of the line, the line of the world, is nothing to be proud of.

Yes dear bother, living in the Land of Intolerance is sheer hell!

 

  1. Toiset Soundit

    ???

    What is this?

    Is it a joke?

    Not helping this blog a bit I think… cheap talk from an embittered person… a pity.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Toiset Soundit, I’m sorry you feel this way. I like what Dana wrote.

  2. Toiset Soundit

    So, you like the bitterness of it? How it is derogatory, insinuating, very vague also, cynical, untrue and just bad prose all in all?

    Is this the way we will be fighting racism? To actually look down upon ‘white’ or Finnish culture and/ or society, to encourage people to say whatever comes to their minds, just because they have been mistreated and are supposedly living in hell?

    Anyways, just do not call it literature, because literature tries to make people to understand or give insight into the other (side) in a way that is far more subtle and complex than the above slanderous diatribe?

    Dana’s text is just pure generalization. it don’t help anybody to become so hateful towards society. It h-just breeds more hate.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Toiset Soundit, there are many ways of skinning a cat. Dana offers a poem that does not insinuate any country. What would you like to offer?

      Why are you so offended by what she wrote?

  3. Frank Horrigan

    Toiset Soundit, there are many ways of skinning a cat. Dana offers a poem that does not insinuate any country. What would you like to offer?

    Why are you so offended by what she wrote?

    If someone who doesn’t share your point of view would write this kind of “poem” with slighty altered text, I don’t think you would be so understanding as you are now. Talk about double standards. This “poem” is pure garbage and not so far from hate speech.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Frank Horrigan, I liked the poem. You can never make everyone happy.

  4. Frank Horrigan

    Frank Horrigan, I liked the poem. You can never make everyone happy.

    That wasn’t the point whether you like it or not. If Halla-aho or Hirvisaari would write “Cucumber, tomato, and 4 different types of white bread, and being curly haired and black at the end of the line, the line of the world, is nothing to be proud of” you would be the first one to shout “that’s racist!”
    This whole site is full of bigots with double standards who see racism everywhere when it suits them. You don’t spread acceptance and respect – only hate and intolerance. Shame on you!
    You are your own worst enemy here and you don’t help your cause in any way – you just make it much worse.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Frank Horrigan, what’s racist about it?

      I think your point is clear because it is a typical reverse-racism argument.

      One commentor on Uusi Suomi asked me a ridiculous question: How can I criticize Finland if I am from somewhere else.

      In first place, I am from here, and in second place can only people like Halla-aho and Hirvisaari not only criticize but openly insult Muslims?

      I was scratching my head on that one.

  5. Frank Horrigan

    Frank Horrigan, what’s racist about it?

    I think your point is clear because it is a typical reverse-racism argument.

    One commentor on Uusi Suomi asked me a ridiculous question: How can I criticize Finland if I am from somewhere else.

    In first place, I am from here, and in second place can only people like Halla-aho and Hirvisaari not only criticize but openly insult Muslims?

    I was scratching my head on that one.

    Ok, so racism from minority is not an issue, because it doesn’t affect much on majority and we should treat the victim in this case only as a representative of his people and not as an individual? Got it!

    I don’t wanna speak behalf of the people like Hirvisaari or Halla-aho, but those people see muslims as a collective as you see Finns. Which one is worse?

    • Enrique Tessieri

      –I don’t wanna speak behalf of the people like Hirvisaari or Halla-aho, but those people see muslims as a collective as you see Finns. Which one is worse?

      I personally try to avoid such generalizations. It’s not good and you are right on that one. All you have to do is add the word “some” before, like some Finns or some Muslims.

      If you read Dana’s poem, she’s not claiming that all Finns are like that. What she is saying is that her life in this country is sheer hell. That’s her view and take and I respect it. Do I feel the same way? No, but that’s another story altogether.

  6. dee

    Dana,
    I browsed through your writings and I have a question…
    your life in Finland is hell. You’ve stated this many times. Judging by your texts, you hold nothing but hatred and contempt for Finns and Finland. Nothing you have written in either blog entries or comments hints at anything else.

    Why have you stayed? If your life is hell, if this country is the worst one in the world, if you hate its people, why have you stuck around long enough to obtain a passport?

    • Mark

      dee

      That is completely out of order. Dana has mentioned many times that she does not hate Finns, but talks about the hatred she feels Finns hold towards her. Interesting how you seek to twist the story! I also resent the idea that when an immigrants has a difficult time in Finland, the obvious solution is that they leave! Nothing at all about trying to understand those problems or to address them.

      Basically, you are creating your own straw man arguments and misrepresenting Dana’s views and feelings. She is unhappy, but i disagree that she hates Finns.

    • Brave

      Dee,
      U hate me thats clear with ur words u dont need tell me more.
      U hate me because i understand very well about my situation in Finalnd and around, because am not a sleepy foreigner.
      U hate me because i dont open my mouth except for truth and truth is gaianst ur ways.
      U hate me because u can see clever foreigner but u want a slave.
      U hate me because u r jelous of me am very intelligent.
      I dont need to defend myself… u just translate my blogs and comments with ur dark thoughts and goals this is ur freedom of hate.
      And about ur wish and questions
      Thats none of ur business, open ur ears thats not ur business.
      Give up, I wont move from Finland, i will stay here.
      U think am here for passport?
      Again why this matter is a hot pain on ur heart?
      Relax
      I had a passport when i came to Finland am not hungry for Finnish passport but now i can have it easily am a Finnish citizenship .
      Ur not a boss for Finland.
      Dont order to me, i have no ear for people like u.
      No/body can tell me how to act so close ur angry big mouth.
      Do u think i lost my mother and thats a good chance for u and ur supporter to attack me on MT yes? U haters … U dont know me,, am strong than mountains and i have golden roots, u never can fight with me and if so u will be loser no doubt… I am winner for always.
      u r a very very cruel who cant even stop their attacks when am a mourner.
      I wont tell shame on u… even this word oh u dont deserve it at all

    • Enrique Tessieri

      dee, Dana, like many here, only become stronger when you push and shove. A poor strategy!

  7. dee

    I never said you should leave.
    I don’t want a slave and never said anything to that extent.
    I’m not your boss, I’m not this country’s boss. I never said I was.
    I didn’t say you should shut your mouth.
    I’m not jealous of you, and I don’t know what on Earth makes you think so.
    And finally, I don’t hate you.
    My question was fairly simple…why stay in a country
    that is hell for you. The point

    If the answer is “Thats none of ur business, open ur ears thats not ur business.” -merely saying “that’s personal” would have sufficed for an answer, instead of reading all this hatred into such a simple a question.
    I am not attacking you.
    I don’t have “supporters”.
    And finally, I am sorry for your loss.

  8. Brave

    dee, dee, deeee
    Dont whip me with this question when u know its a personal question.
    How can i answer merely to a whip? Why do i scream? Why do u scream out in pain? Answer me
    If u read my blogs,… then how u dont understand me and the pain i have in me?
    I know its difficult for u and every/body no/one can taste my wounds but at least u dont need be against me.
    I lost my mother on this Tuesday night 28.5.2013
    I cant stop my tears… we were waiting 7 years for a visit, I could not bring her to me even me and her waited 3 years, there was not a right for me in Finnish law… i got negative answer and again i gave my case to lawyer and court and never got answer, my case is under dust in a cruel court and u yet u imagine me a bad person.
    My blogs are alive because they are my hard stuff experiences in Finland if there is no freedom of speech for me even on net so Finland is %100 nightmare… i can feel it %99 nightmare if i write write write and if i think think think .
    There is a blood revolution in me i cant stop it am suffering, there is no human right in Finland for me, i was working on this matter all and all the time, i could not find it, its 5 years am living here and i started my 6th years..now i cant even watch this word human right an di cant write it, i cant write it this word any more .
    Its a hot pain in me, how can i forget this?
    My mom is gone and i cant touch her again its unbelieveable a tragedy.
    I am not ur enemy … am wondering how a human can see my poems and blog in a hate way…its not possible at all i dont get it ur goals because as i told am not ur enemy am just a poet, a poet cant live without poem and words.
    dee
    I dont want an enemy i prefer a friend
    I have no hate in me but ZEAL
    Zeal was with me and will be forever, its a gift from GOD to me i am thanksful for all gifts GOD gave me.
    I have no hate but LOVE
    I grow up with love and now my beloved one gone up up very up… upper than clouds and moon… there is no hope to see her soon
    Sigh
    I am living with love but now my wings are full of blood I need heal and my healer is gone, mom did not leave me even her phone number an address nothing we could not say a hi not even a bye… and her angels dont listen to me, they wont back her to me
    I am living with love but it does not mean i am silent.
    I was speaking to her body , she was gone and i was speaking to her ear with my sweet words just with my red mobile now i have allergy with my mobile and a mobile ring oh thats hard… there was no chance for me at all even i cant touch her grave with my broken heart.
    I lost her when we were far far faaaaaaaar and after years years waiting
    dee,Cant u tolerance me again?
    Now i have nothing nothing nothing
    What i done here, what i tried here was for mom,s sake
    now i have no motive… my motive gone and i cant buy a motive for me from no/where there is no motive in shops and markets.
    Motive is not a food and stuff
    Now tell me dee whats ur motive to stand against me and my words?
    Nothing is hell for me… i am living in my own paradise.

    And finally, I am sorry for your loss. okay dee
    Thanks dee, hugs

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