One Nation

One Nation

Ruled by the Minority

Without liberty, without justice, without care for our most marginalized citizens.

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One Nation

Whose lawmakers

Are bought and sold by corporate greed. 

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One Nation

With citizens crippled

By insurmountable debt.

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One Nation

Dumbed down

By conspiracy theories and misinformation.

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One Nation

Exhausted

Because of a pandemic we are still fighting.

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One Nation

Corrupted by Christian Nationalism

Forcing all to live under their church.

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One Nation

In denial 

Of the ugly parts of its history.

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One Nation

With more guns than citizens

Who offer mere thoughts and prayers for those killed by them. 

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One Nation

Where women are worthless

Except for the power of their womb. 

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One Nation

With voices silenced

By gerrymandering and voting restrictions.

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One Nation

Giving up

On the huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. 

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One Nation

In distress

With democracy crumbling like sand.

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One Nation

Unrecognizable

From the noble republic it once was.

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21 innocent people were killed by a lone gunman in Texas on Tuesday in an elementary school. 19 children and 2 teachers. I had hoped that I could slow down on political posts for a while. But, alas, something new and terrible always seems to happen. And yesterday, my county appointed a man to our school board who promised to rule with a “biblical” and “godly” lens, with no regard to the separation of church and state. So I offer you this poem as a reflection of my ongoing frustration with the state of this nation. One Nation. In need of reform. Thoughts and prayers are not effective deterrents for gun violence. We need policy and change. I urge you to contact your senators, congressmen, state, and local legislators. Let them know what matters to you. 

As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, Noxgear, and Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon 2022.

3 thoughts on “One Nation

  1. Things get so much worse before they get better. I believe the current school age generation must grow up and get into political offices across the country before anything changes.

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  2. Very well put Anne. All of your post is sadly spot on.
    What really jumps out though is, “And yesterday, my county appointed a man to our school board who promised to rule with a “biblical” and “godly” lens, with no regard to the separation of church and state.”
    How does this happen? Can you and like minded people summon the ACLU?

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