“Other” by Jesse

“We scream, “I want my America back!” when America already made her choice.” – Jesse

After getting permission, of course, I wanted to share a recent poem by my friend Jesse that I just read and loved. He has a way of writing that gives you pause and makes you re-read. His voice in poetry is gentle and meaningful, but his statement is strong.


Other

“You lie!” so the shout went

and the loss of decency was complete.

Discourse and debate

have no place in this

nation of hate.

Instead,

we stage wrestling matches

at town hall centers.

We scream, “I want my America back!”

when America

already made her choice.

We whisper and we scare,

like parents employing

the bogeyman

to scare their children to sleep.

In the brazen, toxic breeze of fear,

we whisper…

“Muslim…Black…Communist…

Terrorist… Socialist… Animal…”

* * * * *

Other.

* * * * *

And as the walls tumble down around us

we see that all we have is each other.

Without the veil of American might,

unable to hide behind the myth

of God’s chosen ones,

we see that all we have is each other.

* * * * *

Yet we choose to stew and feast on hate,

to drink from the poisonous well we dug

when we buried our genocidal birth

and laid to waste

the truth of ill-forgotten truth.

* * * * *

The past is never past, I’ve read.

* * * * *

When will we understand?

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