A Recited Truth This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

May 20, 2008
I pledge allegiance
To the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the controversial culture for which it stands
One nation, under whatever deity you choose,
Indivisible since 1965,
With liberty and justice for all who can afford a decent lawyer.

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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Francheska said...
Feb. 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm
good job i really like it
Glenn W. said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 5:03 pm
This is probably the best poem I've seen on this site so far. The setup and wording is well done. Keep up the good work. Keep opening eyes and telling truths.
Yvonne32 said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Ok thanks! :) and I will!
kenna2013 said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 12:51 pm
it takes them about 10 days - 2 weeks for mine
kittkatbar0676 said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 11:47 am
haha....this poem is becoming very controversial... :)
Yvonne32 said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 9:02 am
This is soo good! I love how you made it funnny but also got your point across! Keep up the good work! Oh, and I have a question for anyone who has been on here very long... HOw long did it take for them to approve your work when you first started?
kenna2013 replied...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm
it takes about 10-14 days for mine and maybe you could check mine out
krazeecasey13 said...
Jan. 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm
it's so true!
shawty-ty said...
Jan. 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm
omg i love it it is soooo funny and ironicly true haha keep up the good work :)
xxMissingyouxx said...
Dec. 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm
i totally agree Jesus what has the world come to?!?! great job keep writin
justinie_the_weenie said...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm
I liked this, I agree with you. Keep up the writing (:
Snow!!! said...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm
I also do not believe that this poem is attacking America... I think it is meant to show that we each have (or at least ought to have) our own view of what this country stands for. I, too have things that make me crazy about what goes on in our country (ex. our legal system and its inefficiency, as stated by this poem); but there are also things I love (ex. our 'controversial culture') I think that these are the things that make our country unique and that this issue has no bearing on ... (more »)
LeilaniLives said...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 5:30 pm
Amen. I'm right with you on that.
How about the Star Spangled Banner?
withouthim said...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm
I don't feel this poem is right. Its disrespectful to those who fought for this country and who helped make this country a place to have freedom of speech. This country will NEVER be perfect no one/place ever will be. That's how we were made, with a choice. people make a choice to sin and that's why the world is so messed up. its good but sadly false.
Snow!!! replied...
Dec. 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm
I'm still skeptical as to how our personal beliefs about the good and bad in this country have any bearing on our respect for this country and its soldiers. Last I checked what made our country great was our ability to have those beliefs.
xxblahhhO.o replied...
Dec. 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm
I am so grateful for all those have given their lives for our country, too. But it can't be perfect. This poem is pointing out the more negative sides of society (not necessarily America itself) which would show up in any country given the chance for the negativities to develop. So I both semi-agree-with your standing and understand your viewpoint, but I recognize the other side to it, also. Thank you for sharing your ideas, withouthim. :)
Love_Me_Not said...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm
I think you speak your mind. I respect that. I do agree. Our country is 'free' but you've got a point with that last line. A lot of Americans can't afford lawyers so many get in trouble for something they didn't do. Right on: Keep your opinion strong :)
Nechama said...
Dec. 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm
And the truth is out!
katieh4ever said...
Nov. 26, 2009 at 10:12 am
lol thats funny! :)
i like it! its completely true
chrisbriones said...
Nov. 26, 2009 at 12:04 am
its truly sad and disgusting what has become of humans in this society which we are solely responsible for crafting. the fine art of corruption seems to of become a forte. what a screwed up cultural system this has become...but hey: there are worse. thats another truth. and its because of that that this nation can still be considered great.
how low man has fallen, how low he continues to descend.
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