We are America
We are an eagle with spread wings
One wing represents our freedom and one represents our diversity
But those are simply two things that make us “unique”…
They vaguely communicate who we are as a people
For we… are America
We are America
We are children of the American Revolution, the roaring twenties, the Iraq War
We are the remains of those who fought for us,
those whose bones we walk upon when walking our children to school
We are the whispers of Mark Twain, the lyrics of Billie Holiday, the forever children of Walt Disney.
We are the slave songs of the old south
Broken and beaten down but just as beautiful as everyone else
Just as valid as the white man, the Asian woman, the Portuguese child
We have their suffering written in our hearts,
but not everyone is as good at reading as others
We are the children of the industrial revolution, choking on our spit
Struggling to feed our families.
Unaware of what it means to truly be a child
We are the women of the women’s march and those marching for life
We are the partygoers of Jay Gatsby and the music of A Streetcar Named Desire… slowly building until we crash.
Somewhere in our history we have lost our way
Somewhere along the way we became so obsessed with our differences that we forgot our similarities
We lost sight of what we hold true
Words in speeches became meaningless and all of the sudden no one knew just what they were trying to do
only that they needed to get there… by any means necessary.
We forgot what our leaders were trying so desperately to tell us.
We neglected to heed their warnings.
We allowed ourselves to dig deeper and deeper thinking we were going to find diamonds but all we found was coal
Our worth became reflected by a number and we no longer felt human
We wondered if our government remembered we were human
We have become so divided in our purpose
So willing to cast aside feelings
So willing to cast aside another life…
But we have ridden through the valley of death…
We have never been afraid to fly
We have always done what needs to be done to “get by”
We have exchanged a million first and final goodbyes
We have never been afraid to question “why?”
We have watched our children cry
We have seen our soldiers die
We have witnessed our country survive