My Country is Beautiful

My country is beautiful
tis of thee
sweet citizens
who pledge allegiance
are also tis of thee
in the land where my children live
it is tis of thee
I sing of
tis of thee
sweet land of majority
shed your grace on me
and crown my neighborhood
it is too tis of thee
& is a place of specialties
like murder, greed and the half-price sale
as advertised
on the humps of the frail
three cans of anger for the price of two
who knew my country
tis of thee
graced with fatherhoods
and falsehoods
from sea to shining sea?

June, 2000

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Anna Marie Kersade- My Country is Beautiful
Copyright © 2000 by Anna Marie Kersade