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poetry by j matthew waters

Wanting to Believe in the Dream


What is your problem America
why do you continue
to screw up both at home and abroad
acting like little children
in the house that Washington built
throwing tantrums and pointing fingers
unable to play in anyone’s sandbox
all because you believe
you’re better than anyone else

Strip down to your bare bones America
and expose yourself for who you are
shameless and afraid and insecure
like certain Hollywood directors
who think the world is theirs to take
like those players and lawyers
manipulating rules and laws of the land
benefiting nobody but themselves
and their related interests

Where o’where America do you go from here
after all the acts of war and aggression
having left the world a more dangerous place
how can you ever forgive yourself
for genocide and slavery and hypocrisy
when will you ever truly turn the page
converting past wrongs into true rights
starting with finding a way
to house and clothe and feed your own




january two thousand twenty
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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5 thoughts on “Wanting to Believe in the Dream

  1. Oh my John. What a wonderful poem. Needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

  2. Now that’s telling it as it is – whew!

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