America, The Not So Beautiful This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   America, America did God really shed his grace on thee?

When the red blood of murder covers your streets,

And white snow flurries drop upon your freezing homeless;

Your spacious skies have become smog-filled hells.

While the stars of your once proud government, spend the

rest of their lives in stripes behind bars.

Your schools once produced the world's greatest minds

now some have trouble finding the Rhine.

As your military budget soars,

the poor of your country lose more and more.

Once you produced great industrial creations,

now you are owned by another nation.

O! America what has happened to your purple mountains


What has happened to your shining seas?

I yearn for the return of your greatness,

to be led once again by men like Jefferson,

Washington and Lincoln

To be the citizen of a country,

that is indeed the land of the free and the brave,

and not of the greedy and the poor.

A country where all men are truly created equal;

not judged just on the color of their skin.

America, please come back to me.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
today at 2:06 am
i love this so much!
Sage VII said...
May 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm
Y'know, I bet you haven't seen what goes on everywhere but America. Just head down to Africa and tell me if it's any better over there.
Bass93 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm
sounds like something rage against the machine would agree with :) so i agree too
unknown replied...
Apr. 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm
This is pretty deep  people should read this and help us form a better country.
123abc456 said...
May 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm
This article made me sad- because it is completely true. I feel like we've lost everything that made us the land of the free. I think this is why I like books and history so much- because the place we're living in now is so... bland and has such a lack of culture and uniqueness. I hope one day we will finally find the land of the free again.
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