American Woman, Don't Cry
Don't cry, American woman even though your eyes are swollen.
Don't cry because it's raining. Cry because you're too afraid to play in it. You're too old, too rich, too poor. Don't cry because the water is cold. Change your definition of warm.
Don't cry because it's dark. Cry because you can only see in the light.
Don't cry because so many died. Cry for why they died. Cry because we could have saved them. Cry because each trigger pulled is part of a bigger move to subjugate us to genuflect to fear and to die as pawns in a game played by the 1% and paid for by the 99.
Don't cry because there is inequality. Cry because fighting it is excruciating but you do it anyway. Fight on warrior.
Don't cry because he abused you. Cry because he will get away with it.
Don't cry because you're mebtally ill. Cry because they treat you like you're sick.
Don't cry because they traced a frigid crucifix across your third eye and your lips. Cry because you accepted it and refused to speak up or think for yourself.
America woman, Don't cry because the world is on fire...but you might want to hide the match.
Copyright © Robin Regan | Year Posted 2018
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