When America Is Great: A Poem

Written by on July 20, 2022 in Song, Story and Poetry with 0 Comments
two eaglets in a nest

When America is Great
we stand up
for something greater than ourselves

When America is Great
people remember
the value of every human being

When American is Great
People and the Planet before Profit!
is our motto

When America is Great
humankind values quality of life
over quantity of things

When America is Great
compassion is an
ideal to work toward
not an idea to be scoffed

When America is Great
accountability is an
expectation of power
not an infringement of the entitled

When America is Great
the heart of the prophets
and the truth of the sacred
are acknowledged and honored
no matter what banner they fly under

When America is Great
we recognize we are not only
our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,
we are them

Sometimes America is Great
And sometimes it’s not

There is no “going back to”
when America was…

America is
in how we live,
in when we love
and what we value
here, now

No counter clockwise-ing
no party
no parade
no allegiance
no spit-yelling slogans
to conjure greatness
that doesn’t live in the hearts
of a people

Greatness can grow
That’s not the question

but will we let it

. . .

Keeping the Dream

Photo by Anca Muresan on Unsplash


About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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