America: A Poem
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
All forms of violence against your residents
We are a network under God,
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.