i fear the powerful, for they
at last, are only people;
within us all there is a place
of selfishness, and evil

and maybe you’re beyond that, but
when faced with the temptation
of doing anything you want
at home, or in a nation

you’d likely do what’s always done.
in every place and hour,
if it is given to us, we
will tend to misuse power

the thing about my country
that i love, when at its best:
is that it knows this lesson
and when made, ’twas often stressed

that no one branch or person
should be able to take down
the things so many worked for
when they fought against the crown

now, I hate politics, i find it
spiteful and divisive;
we make fun of the other side
with thoughts and terms derisive

its like a thought infection,
an emotional disease:
i’m glad we cannot, by design,
kill off our enemies

for i’ve been thinking, sadly,
if some people had their way,
that roughly half our people would
be gone, perhaps today

today was independence day
and while these thoughts are small
remember that we’re meant to be
one nation
after all

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