Unchanted Territory

Protests are sweet if they’re in the streets…

in a land oh say we’d like under our hand
Venezuela Hong Kong oh Shah of bygone Iran
the way we sweep our streets is war policy for poverty’s teens
and institutional means of deceit
let’s meet

U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S…teacher uses a Personal Necessity
to protest nuclear testing then a later day to protest
a trickle down saints library on the rise in the Simi Hills
brings down a year later
Personal Necessity days used for political protest arrested
a Testament to Union and District restrictions
on us

U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S…a senator from Utah is told
by a President
u.s. droning assassination of a General or others
are not for us to debate or discuss
we solemnly download an oath to an offense
to swear we’re unaware

U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S…ahh our Olympic athletes to bow to an I.O.C.
for an I.O.U. that bans what we should stand for
John Carlos’ and Tommy Smiths with fists arising
now we are descending to no kneeling for deep felt feelings
are these the pews of the free or the few
are we the row row row to an Authoritarian shore

that brings not rings of Liberty
but an u.s. a we that needs to return
to its Ten Amendments not to Church State Command…ments
of Commander in Chiefs that threaten our we
usurping thief’s of our most cherished
freedoms to speak press for relief from power and greed
and Executive Privilege that drones for control

of our home land and sees
of overseer’s data breaching into our place and our space
outer and inner
peace of mind
mantras being mined for chants
enhanced interrogation techniques for a nation’s indoctrination

U.S….A place that should be in … unchanted territory
geography known not needing stad…iums and classrooms too
for pledges and acro…nyms re…cited into chanterings
staging for what plays as patriotism
it doesn’t adhere to our principle hymn of a they her and his…story

that had a shot that didn’t need a shout
heard round a droning U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A.
return to the spirit within our constitution and Constitution and declare
that we without missiles bursting in air are an

Unchanted unflagged waving within our shores to a
song heard ‘round the world
A. harmonious U.S.


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