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VxPoem ID: 14744
Posted: July 28th. 2005 8:57:43 PM
Age Group: Adult
My America is far away
Washed up on some sandy island
We could tape it up, reload the guns
Before the soldiers disband
And I always fought
For an optimistic view
But now the green is drowning
And there’s nothing I can do
And on this silent island
There’s no one there to mind
That she has harbored ignorance
and become a bit unkind
But here on this island
It can get a little lonely
And I can hear her sighing,
“If only, if only.”
Are closest at their core
And she blamed them for all of it
Fighting her “righteous” war
My America is filled with
Catholics, left-wing democrats
Teenagers who just don’t care
And empty bureaucrats
And I wonder how
We could ever get along
And I know now that’s how
America lost her song
Maybe it’s my fault that my
America has become torn
Maybe since I’m choosing sides
I’m only adding one more thorn
But when people try to help her
Since they think the way they do
They send out the Navy
The marines, a thousand troops
And do you think what we lost
We could ever regain?
And it’s not only hegemony
Though that’ll never be the same
Cause on the sandy Island
Somewhere off California’s coast
They’re still singing “God Bless America”
But they’re just singing to a ghost.
She sends a ripple through the water
And the waves slam against some other shore
Her words are like graffiti
And I understand it even more
Because when they told me
That I could do anything
They never said I could do something
That actually had meaning
You were never really mine—were you?
It doesn’t really matter, but it was a tricky thing to do
With all these people saying that I could do anything
I’ve always known
My America is alone.
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