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Checkpoint in Amerika

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Checkpoint in Amerika

Gulls circled above, spiralling through car exhaust
Kids fidgeted in the backseats of chaos

Eerie silence, interrupted by overheated transmissions
Someone blasting The Doors...theme music

Stern, heavily armored Homeland Security soldiers
Slowly approached, assuming insurrection

Just another day in the new Amerika
Land of the free, home of the brave

Large signs proclaim:

"All contents must be declared, please exit your
Vehicle when stopped"

Off to the side, transport busses waited
Like praying mantis seizing their victims

Filling quickly,

 abandoned cars quickly towed

Destination unknown



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  1. Date: 8/18/2013 7:24:00 AM
    I have nothing to declare but my admiration! Jambo sana.

  1. Date: 5/12/2013 11:39:00 PM
    I think the ending is very powerful here James; Also that wording could be applied to a macarbe future for America.. as in where Is 'it' really heading??

  1. Date: 4/27/2013 1:05:00 AM
    Yes we are losing more freedoms all the time. I hope sanity returns, I love America. SuZ

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 9:48:00 PM
    Like you said Jim, another day in Amerika,,, unknown... . Enjoyed stopping by this evening. Thank you for sharing, ~Always & Forever *LINDA