IF I COULD HELP AMERICA
“I am American,”
I have always answered.
Red, white, and blue have painted my soul
Since the day I was born on foreign land.
My father served our nation for over two decades.
Camouflage green coats my skin so perfectly
That even I don’t see my true identity.
But America has changed.
As she has aged,
She’s become crabby and near-sighted.
The optimism of her younger years
Has turned into caution and cynicism.
The arms which once embraced others
Have locked firmly in front of her.
Alzheimer’s has set in,
Robbing her of memories of
When her citizens found common ground
And fought for the greater good of all mankind.
I love her still.
I always will.
And though times seem bleak,
America is immortal.
She just needs help finding her youthful years again.
So, if I could help America,
I’d massage her heart muscle
Until love for all poured freely,
Until compassion caressed her cautious fears.
I’d correct her vision so she could see
The beauty in diversity,
The strength that comes with respecting our differences,
The harmony that develops when we allow others to
Live and let live.
I’d replay her past moments of
Division and deceit
To remind her that hatred and anger,
Winners versus losers,
Extremism and fear,
Have only weakened her.
I’d then focus on
Her good times,
When neighbors looked out for one another,
When we could agree to disagree,
When our egos did not control us
And we saw a bit of ourselves in others.
I’d pull apart her arms
To embrace her
And wait until she hugged me back.
She would remember how comforting it feels
When someone shares freely
The blessings they’ve already been given.
I would walk beside her,
Until her limberness returned,
Until she remembered
Her purpose and her passion,
Until she remembered that
She was created so
We all could live equally,
We all could be true to ourselves,
And she, America,
Would embrace us
Perfect isn’t possible
But better certainly is!
I have not given up on America.
I have faith that her people
Will come together once again.
From different walks of life,
With different mindsets,
They will find their way to the middle,
With respect for their fellow neighbor,
With a desire for peace for all,
With a compassion to accept all of God’s children,
To live in harmony,
As America has always wanted.
~RWISA Author, Yvette M. Calleiro
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