Descent

America descends into hell;
Amerika rises mid chants of a rebel yell,
the Statue of Liberty to sell

to save scared, politically powerful, fat, old, white men
who thrust people (children) of color
into cages — the lion’s den.

Where is the Liberty Bell?
Her clarion ring muted (no silenced!) by rifle sounds and shells
bouncing off city streets. Can no one quell

such heinous, fascist acts
and bring a dying (terminal?) democracy back?

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