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America, Why Did You Stray?

America, why did you stray from the old way.
A constitution put forth, the foundation of our land,
barely recognizable what was originally Jefferson's hand.
Tarnished and smudged by misinterpretation,
overindulgence and greed, to satisfy political,
judicial, and journalistic need.
Once majority rule, now bordering on ridicule,
the law of the land, ever changing, meeting demands,
of whoever takes a stand.

America, why did you stray, parents unable to discipline,
fear children undisciplined now rule, school in chaos,
students unruly, guaranteed to pass, unprepared for their future,
parents unsure, wish for the past, hope the next generation,
won't be like the last.

America, why did you stray, streets used to be a place to play,
neighbors knew one another, socialized every day,
doors left unlocked, nothing to fear, families stayed close,
helped one another, took care of mother.

Now drugs rule the day, hate and crime more common than play,
multiple locks symbolic of today, rarely talk to a stranger,
living in fear; life no longer precious, taken away,
day after day, the bloody count rises, a country in crisis,
victims pay, guilty appeal, courts give them the best deal.
Nobody protests for victims rights, put a murderer to death,
they scream all night.

America, why did you stray, hatred and bigotry alive 
and well today, nationalities split, long for the old way,
when an American, was just an American, now hyphenation,
the accepted way.

America, why did you stray, once an industrial giant
you gave it away, too high a standard for industry to pay,
moved out of country, the new American way, unemployment,
poverty, homelessness rapidly increasing, ruined lives,
while billions are spent on so called allies.

America, why did you stray, what's written today,
barely address the wrongs building every day,
religion is accepted, God is not,
country divided, politically split,
presidential bashing provides journalistic wit,
hatred and bigotry, live for it.

America why did you stray, new chapters every day,
really a damn shame.

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  1. Date: 6/7/2010 9:18:00 AM
    I see the weekend brought a lot of inspiration to all PoetrySoup Poets. I enjoyed reading you poetry today Mac. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/7/2010 7:26:00 AM
    SHOLY HIT!!!!!.... THAT'S EFFIN' AWESOME!!!!..... dude, i couldn't have said it better myself!!!

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 7:40:00 PM
    BRAVO MAC this is so brilliant and I wish it would be read on the National TV news daily... maybe the politicos will hear this cry ... of outrage and straying by the wayside.. wonderful... luv.. from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 6:12:00 PM
    wow. powerful

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 12:52:00 PM
    Nice poem, Mac. Nice message. Makes you wonder doesn't it. Although, I do think there are plenty of changes for the better - I do agree that we are losing "the American Way". I guess its up to us to get it back. Joe