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America

The land of opportunity.

Sweet home Alabama.

The ocean looming.

Far in the distance is America.

Statue of Liberty,

mocked with audacity.

USA rocked and rolled to jazz and soul.

The White Man ruled, 12 years a slave,

like the film, lives lost,

saved through justice and the simplicity of service.

Hard won through years of torment.

That’s America, like the Arthur Miller play,

a father to all his son’s, good old Uncle Sam.

Patriot or despot?

Libertarian or fascist?

Somewhere on the borders of reality

between two peaks

the worlds divide

and America like Israel, Palestine or Britain,

on the banks of the Jordan where the waters flow,

we will return like long ago.

 

About Geraldine Ward

Geraldine Ward has been writing and performing various forms of poetry and prose from an early age, and is a regular contributor at the London Farrago Poetry Slam nights. She has published a number of books including the "Now" collection, and has featured in other publications including Katie Metcalfe's "Beautiful Scruffiness" series of magazines.

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