"American Tears"

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Tears of Americans have always been shed since before the founding of our country.

"American Tears"

 

 

          "American Tears"

                (epilogue)

Many don't know it but Columbus killed or caused to be killed some eighty thousand indigenous people on the island of Hispaniola and other islands he came upon when he "discovered America".  As far as I know these were the first of so many American tears.  My history might be a bit rusty but the eighty thousand figure is correct.  All because their chief refused to give in to the foreigners who turned out to be so cruel to all who stood in their way.


American Tears were shed by the first
who ever lived here
tears brought forth by cruel and greedy men
by those intolerant of others' views as to God
much like countless European tears

tears were shed by those who accused through ignorance and so called morality
tears brought on by 'good men and women that lied
for gain
Salem was a joke,  a not so funny to those accused

by jealous or frightened children of their god of evil and sickness

at the outset of our gloriously sad history

many tears were shed in war and death
seems wars are always cause for tears
no country is immune as long as insanity rules
where God is said to be
where He is needed most are tears of misunderstanding

tyranny, the cause of the French American war and our revolution were no different
women shed the most tears but men are not immune
think of the tears for fathers lost, for brothers crippled or dead
our nation was founded on tears
and fears of what defeat would mean

the great Civil War
a fight of misunderstood freedom and slavery
black tears and agony for those who were brought here by force,

enslaved, beaten, and murdered
so many tears unneeded
unheeded by cruel and greedy masters
tears for justice for all of God's children

think of the tears the First World War begot
tears of need denied
brought on by greed defied
tears of all nations,
American Tears for children lost needlessly 
brought on by greed quite heedlessly
American deaths,

America wept in World War Two
insane and thoughtless peoples declared war for conquest
tears their sad bequest to all

how many tears were shed at Auschwitz
or Birchenau, how many fears realized
think of the Jews that died
how many tears they cried
how many American Tears were shed
when soldiers saw so many dead

how evil can a people be
when ruled by insanity
did their tears matter
when supremacy's dreams were shattered
did some German's cry

when they wondered why
they were said to be the best
Hitler's sad bequest

surely not all were fooled

by a tyrant so very cruel
how could insanity rule a nation

whose goal was submission to a world of white
how could they see the right

if they didn't even think
of what hate the world could bring

upon a nation of sheep

who found out just how weak they were

I am so glad I missed the opening of the camps
and all the American Tears of compassion for a race
from any and all of the places on Earth

further wars were fought and seems to be our lot
as long as there are such fools that think they are to rule
as long as they can send so many crazy men
to die for a cowardly king that doesn't know a thing
about anything but fear
how many more American Tears?

© Sam Hyde
   11-29-11 

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Tempestlady commented on "American Tears"

11-29-2011

Yeah, its still a little rough Sam but I liked it, it made me think and got my dander up so to speak. Which i think was your intent. Not a rel smooth read yet but very good.....Write on.....Tlady.

cutbanksam

12/02/2011

TLady; I intend to keep working on this poem for as long as it takes to make it a great read. I am not in a hurry at this time because I have not been feeling all that great lately. I am now on the mend and will hopefully work more on this and other poetry. Thanks for reading this.

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

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