American Memorial


American Memorial

looking around our world today
there's so much I just don't understand
what made this land great
was that every man's fate
lay in his own hands

now you say that I should believe
I've a debt to my fellow man
and though no man's a slave
or an indian brave
restitution is owed to them

there's no room you say
for my outdated faith
or taking a moral stand
so gay marriage is in
even though it's a sin
and not what the voters demand

the only thing wrong is there's rich and there's poor
and this cannot be permitted
you'd take a man's pay
to give to the state
so they can decide who should spend it

and my children should learn
tolerance and spurn judgment of any kind
but sound judgment I say
is what's needed today
so that is what I will teach mine

we need new laws you say to regulate day
and night and everything in it
and lets add a tax
so that congress can dance
two-step while they rush to spend it

and though our country is great
you walk round in a state
shameful and wringing your hands
if you think that there's someplace better
feel free to go and join them

for I'll not bow my head
to this new vogue of guilt
or the cult of your big government
or surrender my freedom and liberty
on the altar of stalin and lenin

some Memorial Day, not too far away
you'll look back and you'll understand
for these rights we fought
and with spilled blood bought
and that what it be an American

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Hampton commented on American Memorial


I'm late in reading this but It is filled with expressions of social injustice that are applicable year round. Excellent piece

connsk8 commented on American Memorial


I like this, different from other work of hers I have read, strong, yet sound beliefs tying the past, into the future and the hypocrisy always of the government that should be to our own benefit yet never go girl!!

To have great poets there must be great audiences too.

Walt Whitman, American Poet (1819-1892)

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