America – A Lament

This will be unpopular
and prove many right
in a way, I guess.

I hate us.

I do.
I hate who we’ve become.

Turns out the abbreviation
for United States
is spot on.

US

Not you, not them,
Not even some of “them”
who are “us”

or, for some reason, want to be… us.

I shudder to think
what a watching world thinks
when they look across oceans
and sees
this
selfish
petulant
child of a nation
masquerading as

“Independent”.

I can barely type the word
“free”
with a straight face.

And I hate it.

“Hate is a strong word, Benjamin”…

So it is.

And I no longer know
where to go
from here.

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