4th of JULY: GOOD GRIEF!
If you like pretty poems, please look away,
for here I lament decay, dying and death.
I’m not bemoaning my dying contemporaries,
who lately fall like old-growth trees in a forest.
Nor do I pre-grieve my own impending death.
My concern is for the fate of our democracy,
as it is doing a dangerous dance with doom.
Our precious political freedoms are eroding.
Our fractured center seems not to be holding.
Our democracy could be in its death throes.
Female bodily autonomy has been outlawed,
voting rights have been wantonly suppressed,
there is massive support for Trump’s Big Lie.
The Supreme Court defies the majority’s will.
Throughout our land gun fetishism flourishes.
Louder liars shout down the voices of veracity.
Violence grows, the environment degrades.
This Independence Day is a day of gloom.
Sadly I fly our tattered flag upside down.
Today I can’t sing Happy Birthday America!
In these dark days, I weep as I sing of thee.
Felix Gagliano, July 2022