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Welcome to America: A land of opportunity
where a man on Welfare can make more than a public school teacher.
Welcome to America: A land paved in gold
where we are in trillions of dollars of debt.
Welcome to America: "Liberty and Justice for all":
where our pledge does not include minors or homosexuals;
where it is not applied to the oppressed and those in debt.
Welcome to America: A land for the people
where the cooperation is clearly a person as you and me, from a political aspect.
Welcome to America: ...and by the people
where you can buy legislative power from a governor in Illinois.
Welcome to America: A effort against the "Drug War"
where we can't even keep our police officers clean.
Welcome to America: Where people and legislature see eye to eye;
where a democracy and a republic clash heads.
Welcome to America: Separation of Church and State
where we have only had two non-Protestant Presidents.
Welcome to America: A land of freedom
where women no rights until 1848, and could not vote until 1920;
where African-Americans were isolated from society until the 1960s;
where American Citizens of the same nation had to kill each other to abolish slavery.
Welcome to America: A Nation of peace
where we are always at war.
Welcome to America: A Nation united
where states are divided.
Welcome to America: A Nation of tolerance
where "the people" see Islam in the government as more of a problem than economic reform.
Welcome to America: A Democracy
where we win votes by scandals and controversy, not political action or issues.
Welcome to America: Does the system work for you?
where fitting into the system is more important than improving it.
Welcome to America: Where several police officers were killed in a cafe a couple of weeks ago;
where no one noticed because they were too preoccupied with the fact that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife.
Welcome to America: Most politicians one were lawyers;
where it seems being a celebrity gives you power equal to that.

Welcome to America where many people who read this article never got past the second line because they would rather ignore the issues than resolve them.




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Kdominick11 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm:
i like the repitition in this poem
 
NDeflip replied...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm :

i think the same, it was a good poem

 

 
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lex123412 said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm:
great read!!!! and all of it is totally true!
 
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raychell.faith said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm:
the repetitive structure works well. However, the repetivive words (welcome to america) were rather over-done, especially in a poem of this length. also needed a bit of editing clean-up. however, unique and freshly written. <3.
 
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princessness_16 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 11:59 am:
this was pretty good. i think that the repetition works well here to convey the message. Check out some of my work? :) thanks.
 
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ghanashyam man said...
Apr. 13, 2010 at 9:21 am:

this is a lot!but it's cool

 

 
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xxificouldfallxx said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm:
i love the ending
 
tornado replied...
Feb. 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm :
ya :) me too.
 
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margierose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm:
You have a good point and these issues are important, but you have to remember that though America has it's problems, it's alot better than, say, Saudi Arabia, and you should still be thankful to live there. Although you could be one of the ones to change these problems, which I agree are important 
 
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APoetAtHeart said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 7:31 am:
It is good, but not amazing. The awful constant reptetitivity was bothering me, I made it about half way through
 
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deardiary said...
Apr. 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm:
Very good points
 
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emo_nerd951 said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm:
you are telling so much truth through this and its sad that some people won't finish reading it. I think more people need to read this. amazing job! Keep writing!!!
 
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happybadger said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 9:36 pm:
Very good work! i think the repitition element really helps to drive your point throughout. Also liked the part at the end making reference to the technique and how only those who care about changing those issues will read that far.
 
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talia_is_happy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm:
That was amazing! I agree with your views, too.
 
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elwriter said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm:
That was really good. I loved it. I mean, it's sad to face it, but it's the truth, and you wrote the truth in a very talented way.
 
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MeghanMichelle said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 6:56 pm:

Great poem.

it is a little reptetive making it kind of annoying to read. I ignored all of the "Welcome to America"s.

 
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Bookwryme said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 2:15 pm:
unfortantly, it's true
 
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toxic.monkey said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm:
the last two lines are like a slap to humanity. it's a jaw droppingly honest and outspoken and good article! i think I might show this to a history teacher i know. he'll appreciate it. go on writing!!
 
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Eilatan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 11:22 am:

i read all the way to the end.

I'm glad i did.

 
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lostnhim said...
Apr. 10, 2010 at 10:54 am:
I really like the honesty in this poem. You are a great writer! I also really like the last line, it is so true.
 
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