An Ode To Democracy

(This poem is in response to this old chain mail letter that was sent around during the 2012 presidential election and recently found its way to me. So of course, it provided excellent fodder for a new poem.)

Give me your life-long welfare dwellers,
food stamps, homeless, homeboys,
hippies, druggies, illegal aliens, and
heavy laden.
For I will give you rest.

Give me your tired, your poor, your
huddled masses yearning to
breathe free
of lead contaminated water, heavy
metals, algae blooms, pesticides,
coal dust, and oil spills.

For we hold these truths to be self-evident:
that all men, women, children, gay, straight,
trans, cis, black, white, yellow, brown, red,
tan, disabled, and abled are created
equal.

That they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are life, liberty, and
the pursuit of happiness,
even if
your opinions and beliefs are vile,
self serving, homophobic, racist,
sexist, and un-democratic.

Home of the brave. Land of the free
to say whatever you damn well
please.

 

 

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