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America: A Poem

June 26, 2017

America,

Land of Opportunity for the Rich
Risk of Opportunistic Infections
for the poor, living with HIV

Where those who inherited favorable circumstances,
OVERindulge in societal privileges and material possessions.
At the cost of stripping the most valuable thing in life
from vulnerable people: good health

One of the richest countries,
With the biggest wealth inequality
Pledged allegiance to value the liberty and justice for all

Bait and Switch Scheme
is the Real American Dream Theme
You vowed to be a safe home for huddled masses yearning to breathe free
You received skilled workers,
Who built your economic wealth
to be what it became to be

Agreements between parties,
have not been reached
You have breached agreements,
Therefore you will be impeached

Your 99 percent are vital elements,
to your society
Enough is enough.
We are demanding racial equality.

Women possess mighty, mighty power
We make the world go round
If you don't protect and invest in our health
Your United States will come crashing down

The once retired
and the ones silent,
now forced to amplify their voices.
Until the rights that justifiably belong to everyone,
are enforced all over the nation

CIVIL UNREST,
WE RESIST!
All forms of violence against your residents

We are a network under God,
Indivisible

Our means of living are worlds apart,
Civil war between your citizens is now a part of your art.

Shyronn Jones is a PWN-USA policy fellow.

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