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i pledged allegiance

i pledged allegiance to my flag
crying when young men
were sent to viet nam
many returned in body bags
i watched martin luther king,
malcolm X and john kennedy
in reverence
each fighting the racist bastards
in their own way
i marched with my friends
both black and white
had sit-ins and cried for those hauled away
for no reason at all
i thought times were a-changing
yet…how much has changed
an iraqi war of no meaning
a president who lied
again…young men carried home
in body bags
again…i cried
finally…a president of intellect
and a bright vision
with a beautiful smile
left to fix a country dying
but again ignorance prevails
racism peeks out through every crevice
the extreme right hates in the name of jesus
racism still exists at every twist and turn
legacies of ignorance passed from parent to child
i just want to know
when will i finally smile

i pledged allegiance

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  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 3 years ago

    well said sally…sad and true

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 3 years ago

    America has been striving to become what it should be from the beginning. There are those of us who fight against the Conservative element in our country daily. In my opinion, we (the progressives) embody that which America should be. We will continue to fight against that faction that would “take America back” to the previous century of segregation, institutionalized discrimination, criminalization of sexual orientation, and an oppressive fundamentalist Christian society. We should learn from more tolerant societies, yet isolationism and xenophobia rears its ugly head time and time again to defeat those with egalitarian ideas.

    Brilliant poem Sally. xoxoxoxo

  • lianne
    lianneover 3 years ago

    You have written the song for many of us, especially those of a certain age who walked, protested, hoped, believed and too often became complacent and busy with our own lives or jaded and cynical when our hopes were dashed or ugliness came out of the woodwork again in spite of our struggles. And equally true, many of us let our hopes soar again only to watch the resurgence of a reactionary movement. We need your voice, Sally – and others like you – to remind us to be true to what we know is right. Thank you my friend xoxox

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 3 years ago

    so sad and so many trths not only sad but everlasting it seems !LIZ

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 3 years ago

    Brilliant work Sally. Not until Jesus comes will recism end.

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  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...over 3 years ago

    nice, sad read Sally ………… ( nothing will change while Nationalism dominates Humanism … destroy all concept of nation, and the world may become united .. until then division )

  • JenLand
    JenLandover 3 years ago

    Fantastic write Sally, if only we could effect those changes we keep dreaming of…………..

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserover 3 years ago

    You show the backward views of nationalism… pride is one thing but too much can break a country… well done.

  • highbeam
    highbeamover 3 years ago

    We have been conditioned to believe beyond belief: to think up is down, right is our way, control is security, free speech only applies if it is you who say it… and so on! What ‘We’ have allowed is the ability of one party to shout down the other and stand as if they’re the true guardians to freedom; which in truth shows the world, and us (those that are really looking with their eyes open), the duplicity of which they will spew and the depravity of their manner to think themselves above anyone or any thought counter to what is said. This is not what this country was founded on… or used to, ideally, and should be seen for what it is- naked of the virtues freedom stands for! A great writing of heart and mind!

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