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叶安灵 // 16, 2022 // she-her-hers
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July 4, 2020

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America
in all of her colors and shades
never fails to baffle me.

she’s so beautiful, isn’t she?
surrounded by friends,
almost everyone wants a piece
but of course not everyone
can have her.

she has her enemies
but i think we all know
, her included,
that she runs the show.

(demons are worse than enemies anyway.)

god shed his grace on her,
seen through the sand on her shores
and the wealth in her markets
say can you see
the sun rise over these rocks that have stood
long before she named herself America.

well, she had a good run.
so popular that even those wronged by her
could forgive
until now.
now her past is uncovered and
her beautiful body
revealed as corrupt,
stolen from right under the rug.

united 
states now wondering
how
and yelling about why
because America told them they could.

now the contents within her are stirring,
her organs and the systems
she metabolizes with fear and uncertainty
because her very cells are rioting
for health.

it’s okay America,
don’t cry America,
there is still so much to love about you.
your fathers weren’t saints 
their gross actions
inexcusable but not scandalous given backdrop
oh America it’s okay,
we know that parents aren’t perfect.

but you can grow.
if your fathers did one thing right
it was instilling
within you
the concept of change.

so your cells are raising hell on you
and i can’t apologize for that.
the people still need you, 
America,
they don’t want to see you fall
so do better.

take the criticism
change from criticism.
rearrange your organs so that 
every cell in your body
can breathe.

apologize 
because darling your past is nasty
and while you’re not alone
your core values
contradict your physical actions
and that you must address.

let the children out of the cages,
America.
you scream freedom
let’s not be hypocrites.

you’re moving,
America.
that is a start.
help your friends
reconcile with your enemies
you could even change the world
just by setting an example.

oh, America?
happy birthday.
sincerely,
a first generation chinese-american, unsure of how much patriotism you deserve right now, but grateful you at least have let me think out loud.
 

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4 Comments
  • Anlee

    another well written piece <3
    i especially loved the lines "if your fathers did one thing right / it was instilling / within you / the concept of change."


    5 months ago
  • avoiding the big bang

    yeah, ditto rainandsonder. thank you - this is very important. it's real but also optimistic, which is hard to find when talking about political matters.


    5 months ago
  • rainandsonder

    yes to every line of this! i particularly loved the personification of america as a body with cells rioting, the line “now her past is uncovered and
    her beautiful body/revealed as corrupt, stolen from right under the rug”, and the whole fifth stanza. excellent work, and if anything, criticizing america is a whole lot more patriotic than standing by and being silent when it does wrong!


    5 months ago
  • books4life

    This is quite powerful and super needed!


    5 months ago