I Am America and . . .

100_0085 - CopyI am America, and I have lost my soul.

I hid it under this bushel for safekeeping,

but when evil sucked dry and despair rose, I went back to find it;

and there was this gaping hole where a soul should be.


I am America, and I hid my best treasure

while investing in trinkets and bangles and flat-screen fiction,

ignoring the gaunt hungry by the side of the road,

supposing that anyone capable of making such a lovely sign

was surely capable of holding down a job.

At least, that’s what I’m thinking in my stinking rich car

with my skinny latté and my skinny jeans.


I am America, and I need a hero to find my soul.

I hid it under this bushel for safekeeping,

but when a wet horror-cry echoed and I remembered its worth,

in that dearth I knew perhaps I was lost.

For we kill our heroes, our Lincolns and Kennedys and Kings,

and we bury our truths along with our homeless;

and senseless though it seems,

we exchange the good  for the decaying,

and virtue for diversion, and in the process

risk losing it all.

I am America, and . . .

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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23 Responses to I Am America and . . .

  1. Great poem, got a nice punch of truth..

  2. coastalcrone says:

    Excellent poem with vivid scenes that startle us with reality and a glimmer of hope in recognition. Peace for America!

  3. I love the way you’ve written this Lilly – such brutal fire here. And sadly, it’s not just America.

  4. Mike says:

    Love this Lilly.

  5. What power you command in words. I didn’t realize that you wrote poetry so beautifully. I am the poetry editor of Women Who Write’s annual literary magazine, and I wish you were a member of our organization so I could publish your poem in the upcoming edition.

  6. dorannrule says:

    Lilly, your writing is stark and as vivid as your photographs. You are truly amazing.

  7. jmgoyder says:

    That packed a hell of a punch.

  8. melodylowes says:

    Wow. This one hurts…and it should!

  9. Pit says:

    What a wonderful sentiment: thanks for sharing!
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

  10. Sister-in-law says:

    Yes, in America, Canada, Western Europe, the Western World, the affluent on the earth that have food, water, clothing, shelter and money to spend, the slumbering church…oh dear, many of us; oh no!!!

  11. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

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