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.

  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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