poetry by j matthew waters

[in these united states]

I don’t feel it today
far from patriotic as I’ve
ever been
driven away by an extremism
I’d no idea existed
in such deep-rootedness

[but of course in retrospect
how could I have not known]

democratic seems to be
more & more like a word anymore
one I came across
when I was naive
& eager to learn
one that I took for granted
like freedom & liberty
whatever the hell those two mean

the killings & the kidnappings
drug dealings & human trafficking
they don’t take a day off
not on sundays when so many
enjoy the democratic sun or rain
and especially not on the
fourth of july

in these united states

july two thousand twenty-two
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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4 thoughts on “[in these united states]

  1. I’m feeling these same feelings…struggling to feel anything good about America today.

  2. I feel the same. Deeply discouraged and sad. We have lost so much here in the USA. Starting with safety from mass murder daily, and respect, on any level.

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