how can you live underneath
Lady Liberty’s shadow
and not understand
what she means?

how can you be so
willfully ignorant and hateful
when you have every opportunity
to pull your brain
up by its bootstraps
and listen to the people
all around you?

I hate to burst
your bubble
but America,
built on the backs
of slaves and those
who died before
they could become slaves,
is trying to grow
past its troubled roots,
and it has a lot
of work to do
before it can be worthy
of all the praise
heaped onto it
by those who fought
inch by inch
to carve their lives here.

somehow I don’t think
it’s us, living
in a tangled, beautiful
mess of so many
who are isolated
from reality.


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