America’s Long Way Back
Richard Moore, 2021
Where money is more
than what the vote is for
in determining the choices before the nation.
Where electoral ploy
is used to destroy
the principle of one person, one vote.
Where growing inequality
undermines the sense of shared polity
the sentiment of solidarity.
Where the colour of your skin
still determines whether you are within
or outside the mainstream.
Where large parts of the land
feel they have been dealt a cruel hand
on the altar of globalization.
Where reigns a history of disastrous wars
that makes many say no more
even then when US power may still have to be deployed.
Where there are too many rats
posing as democrats
ready to welcome a dictatorship.
America 2021 is about as bad as it can get
but it may turn worse yet
There are many with this fear.
If chaos descends towards all-out disaster
what will happen after
stateside and around the globe?
There is a crying need for US leadership
and a renewed sense of American fellowship
much of everything, everywhere, depends on this.