On Leaving America – Part 11

Permanent Resident

I got an e-mail from the Swedish Embassy. I’ve been accepted as a ‘Permanent resident’ on the basis of 14 years of marriage the my wife. Thank God. That hurdle jumped—But . . . (You know something’s coming don’t you?  It’s too easy).



I live in Washington, the State – West Coast. About as far away as you can get.  But . . .  I can wait and be fingerprinted in Sweden. I don’t have to think about it. There’s a place where I can do it in the small town where we’ll be living.

I need the green card to open up a checking account – to be a real person. To legally exist. I think about the Tamils in Sri Lanka, who lived generations without papers of any kind. You can see how the Tamil Tigers were born, and you can see where the terrorist came from. Tamils could see they were going to be stuck on this small island without civil rights for lifetimes They were brought over by the English to build tea plantations and left on their own when the English left. It was called Ceylon back then. For generations Tamils had no civil rights – for decades. I interviewed two Tamil Tigers in Madras, some 30 years ago. I wrote something about it when I got back from there, maybe it will surface amidst all this moving stuff.

It’s interesting to have these feelings . . . to become an immigrant. Of course, I realize I’m experiencing this at a very providential level. Having a wife who speaks Swedish as her 1st language helps enormously, But still, there are some interesting feelings.
I seem to have some kind of inside ‘holding on,’ an almost primitive emotional gravity. I know this place, and become aware of an intense love of America – of my culture.

“I love my county, fear my government.”

A bumper sticker.

About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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1 Response to On Leaving America – Part 11

  1. catnipoflife says:

    Whoo-hoo! BUT, you are right…that was much too easy! LOL:>)

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