This is America

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  1. ~PinkElephants~

    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    This is America

    I met a man on the side of the road
    Selling stories of his life for a bottle of booze.
    Begging for some kind of reprieve from his life.
    Such a sad, dirty man singing the blues.
    I watch this man as he begs for some change.
    Telling people he's just down on his luck.

    I met a woman on the side of the road.
    Selling her body to buy food for her baby.
    Begging for freedom but bound to her life.
    Such a sad, broken girl spreading her legs.
    I watch this woman as she begs for some more.
    Telling people it's just that one last time.

    I met a child on the side of the road.
    Begging for anything because they ran away.
    The abuse and torment written within their eyes.
    Such a broken child taken by the hands of a loved one.
    The option to runaway and live on the streets better then hell.
    Telling people it's this or nothing because they won't go back.

    I looked at myself when I got home from my journey.
    I flipped on the television and saw all the same.
    I looked at the paper and realized nothing ever changed.
    I thought about it all. I thought about the pain.
    I thought about the tortured lives of many souls
    and thought to myself....
    This is America.

    ~2009~​
     
  2. Malcontent

    Malcontent Staff Alumni

    Fantastic poem
     
  3. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    Bloody brilliant!!!!
     
  4. The_Discarded

    The_Discarded Staff Alumni

    nice one.
     
  5. aki

    aki Well-Known Member

    I really enjoyed reading that, well done.
     
  6. ~PinkElephants~

    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    Thanks. had first bit for like 2 years...finally finished it.
     
  7. Petal

    Petal SF dreamer Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    Awesome poem honey!!
     
  8. ~PinkElephants~

    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    Thank you very much lynn :hug:
     
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