'I Want Mine'

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic

What's happened to us?

Democracy died on a June day in '15,
And no one noticed it's passing,
 
With the announcement he was running
Some of us cheered when he was nominated,
 
But we so misjudged the anger of some
The fact that he had so much support,
 
Let alone any at all, shocked thinking
 People everywhere--but especially here
 
Dismay to put it mildly; horror to some,
Jubilation to others, spelled the mother
 
Of all divides, one that will be difficult,
Or impossible, to span--democracy died
 
In full view and indifference of a certain breed 
All for allegiance of to man who has none
 
For them; only for one man, himself
Selfishness took center stage under
 
A big top of lies, ineptness, and crude
The blame lies with others and in shadow
 
Empty promises sounded good to some of us,
'I want mine' and angry thoughts to the fore
 
A lost, frightened society thrashing in the dark,
Searching for truth from a liar and con,
 
Searching for what we thought was lost
Was here all the time; down comes the curtain
 
On our democracy if we don't right the ship
Sailing and flailing into the belly of the beast
 
Lost children alone on a sea of uncertainty,
With a rudderless captain at the helm 
 
I fear for our future and cry for our past
He may be leaving, but his chaos will stay
 
His outlook was just the first warning shot
Of a culture war that's already begun
 
Deeply damaged soul burns everything and us
To the ground 
 
The following is a review of the above that I received on another site that illustrates the whole problem with how each of us views what's happening: 
 
Wow, I so disagree with you it was hard for me to read your poem and evaluate it fairly. However, I felt that if I gave it less than 5 stars, I was allowing my personal feelings to judge your poetry rather than assessing it on poetic merits.
From someone on the other side... I am devastated at the severe fraud and corruption that occurred during the 2020 election because it means that there are people in this country who care more about carrying out their own personal biases than they care about maintaining our free and fair election process. Rhetorically speaking, if you can't win without cheating, is that really a win??? If you only get your news from the mainstream media, you aren't getting a full picture of what has happened. I chalk attitudes like yours up to a lack of knowledge rather than taking the path of maligning people as Trump opposers do when they call us, "hate-filled racists," of which I am not.
Merry Christmas
Susan


Submitted: December 20, 2020

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hullabaloo22

Personally, I thought the poem was excellent. The comment did a good job of showing the extent of the division.

Sun, December 20th, 2020 8:17pm

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Thank you, Hull

Sun, December 20th, 2020 12:24pm

Bert Broomberg

The Great Divide continues, Mike. Perhaps a new name would be appropriate: The Divided States of America. Good job.

Mon, December 21st, 2020 4:47pm

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I think that is a more fitting name, Bert, thank you

Mon, December 21st, 2020 10:27am

Penny Scribe

Wow, the critique sounded like Trump himself, full of projection. Good poem though.

Tue, December 22nd, 2020 10:42pm

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Thank you, Penny

Tue, December 22nd, 2020 2:51pm

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