it really 50 or 60 years ago already?
surely has been a very long time!
we stood here with suitcases and our packages,
after the long journey across the ocean.
All seemed very strange, as one could not speak a word,
a few words, like "how do you do?"
came mostly very spontaneous,
we all thought, "now what?"
Our dictionary helped us a bit,
to get a
one room flat "upstairs".
entrance on the other side,
bath and toilet were "downstairs."
No feather bed, we had only a blanket,
was so cold "outside!"
had understood, why:
window would close very tight".
On the next day, we were looking for work,
Dundas Street and College.
dollar down", these signs were everywhere,
of us had the the necessary "knowledge".
On Yonge Street, at the corner of Queen,
stomach was starting to gnarl!
kept looking, to "find work first,"
was not time, to even murmur about it.
Finally there was a sign: "apply within",
as they were looking for a carpenter!
had learned a different trade back home,
but no one
here seemed to be bothered by that.
With hammer and saw in hand and ready
now making 80 cents in an hour,
we got ahead in this new country,
to make it
over to the next round.
To the first came death,
To the second hardship,
And to the third, the bread,
"That's what the earlier immigrants used to say...!"
by Hartmut Reinsch © in
in the German language originally
Canadian Homeland and Firefighter-Tribute
Translated into the English language by myself
in Oct. 2012, by H. Reinsch