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America, the beautiful?

America, the beautiful... 
aimlessly just like a cloud 
drifting free above the crowd 
of cluttered chaos and bleak souls 
of jungles thriving in hellholes. 

America, whose freedom's praised... 
floating over stained landmarks 
(those abandoned, spotty marks), 
where still we fight for equal rights 
and others live barb wired lives 
and yet most struggle to survive. 

America, the patriot... 
what constitutes right or wrong? 
The status quo? Thick and strong, 
that hides behind the weak and blind 
and what I'll call BULLreaucracy 
and manicured hypocrisy. 

America, how's glory sung 
when silenced by human tears, 
their sufferance braved through years? 
It's not starred banners waved in air, 
but nooses hung with ropes threadbare! 

America, you noble one... 
to the world, your throne is might 
proudly hailing in every light. 
BUT crown your good? With brotherhood? 
where discordance and hatred fall 
with little mercy on us all? 

America, triumphant one, 
lead us to untrampled ground, 
out of the past, homeward bound, 
over ramparts and black hearts 
beneath the shadow of His hand 
and once again to your great land.

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  1. Date: 1/7/2010 2:45:00 PM
    A MASTERPIECE! Dear Celeste. Lainie

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 3:42:00 PM
    Congratulations, Celeste on your poem being featured this week on the Soup! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 8:48:00 AM
    Many congratulations on your fine poetry being featured this week, Happy New Year to you >> James

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 3:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Celeste. May you have may more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/9/2009 10:34:00 AM
    Beautiful a true piece that needs to be spoken. great work here a real piece of art. loev this. --raiin

  1. Date: 9/29/2009 7:44:00 PM
    Celeste, kudos on this selected poem going through the finals! Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/27/2009 11:11:00 AM
    Celeste, congratulations on making the first round of the contest...Raul

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 1:51:00 PM
    Congrats!!! Love Light Truth Patricia

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 10:04:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poems making it through the first round.Wishing you the best in the finals Celeste. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 10:51:00 AM
    HEAR HEAR!!! spoken like a true patriot which you are. This piece will be long remembered and someday memorized by some poor soul in one of my poetry classes. because this is a classic and i love it to pieces. as i said before you are a rare find and i'm glad i found you.

  1. Date: 12/10/2008 7:02:00 AM
    The third stanza of this powerful write is masterful. Manicured hypocricsy sings wonderfully. You have spoken truths with this piece. Too often we feel we can't criticize this great country we live in, but what many fail to see is that being critical of this great land will only forge it to a much better future. I truly love this piece.

  1. Date: 12/8/2008 4:28:00 PM
    I like it-I like it a lot! So much truth Celeste-and penned so very well! For the reality for most is, either oppression, repression, or moral destitution---Good job dear-straight from your heart and soul!-"Happy Holidays Dear, Love and Warmth To All You Love, John!:)