Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

A Poem by Dara
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When and how will it end?

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Beautiful for spacious skies,
oh Father hear your children's cries.
How can we change the hearts of men
who are addicted to greed, who glorify guns?
Entrenched in sadness and filled with fear
when mournful cries fall on those deaf ears.

We march, we protest, we pray out loud
with clenched fists but with heads bowed.
We talk, we listen yet go on heeding
those vile words, Lord stop the bleeding.
Holding children in cages, what have we become?
Putting 'his' America first is not my home.

We are still one nation, patriots too,
but the air is thick with political spew.
Have we lost sight of loving one another,
treating friends and neighbors like leftover fodder?
Feeling lost and  searching for answers today
to keep America free and home of the brave.





© 2018 Dara



Author's Note

Dara
Made some changes from my first draft, including the title. Trying to remain positive but feeling hopeless today.

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This is dear to my heart and I certainly feel the same well written and thought out the meter flows well

Posted 1 Month Ago


Dara

1 Month Ago

Thank you, I am so glad you can relate. We live in perilous times and I keep looking for the light a.. read more
Wow! This is a very impactful piece of poetry. Really like how it begins like the song, however then delves deep into the issues and feelings for the country/nation as a whole. Also giving thoughtfulness to what ought to change. This is a very emotional piece as well, pretty intense overall. Well done!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Dara

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much. I remember the day I wrote I was feeling pretty emotional so I guess it shows. Wr.. read more
CarthageThorne

1 Month Ago

That's great. Writing is indeed a wonderful way of expressing those emotions and is a good outlet fo.. read more
This offering reflects the feeling of many these days. However, we must recall the country survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars, Vietnam and Watergate. This is but another passing phase. The words of the poem convey the poet's anguish well.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Dara

1 Month Ago

So true! Perhaps this is a case of what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger. It certainly seems .. read more
Such an interesting poem... Have we lost sight of loving one another,
treating friends, family and neighbors like leftover fodder?
Feeling lost and searching for answers today! Is there any need to search for answers today or tomorrow? The world was created with love and in love, but the dark powers changed that love to hate! The world will be a better place again but we just have to change ourselves and try to do the right thing

Posted 1 Month Ago


Dara

1 Month Ago

Yes, you are so right. The change must come from within and if you are a spiritual person, believe i.. read more
Crosby  Idasa

1 Month Ago

you are welcome my dear...
This is quite humbling. As to how counties and great nations have changed over time like America for one. How humans are turning on each other, no love compassion or warmth. And your poem speaks out loud to me about this. As my interpretation.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Dara

2 Months Ago

I wish I knew the answer. It is said to us to go out and vote to make a difference and yet I wonder... read more
Dawn

2 Months Ago

I understand you full. Same thing happening here in UK. We are sinking fast. Once great now a sad st.. read more
Nice, although I am clueless in what's happening with America though! How come America hasn't changed it?

Posted 2 Months Ago


Dara

2 Months Ago

Unfortunately it seems that all of this was brewing and now reaching a nasty head. It is my hope tha.. read more
dear Dara... when we use tear gas around children and pilgrims... we need to reflect and be Brave to speak and bring to the forefront that there is another way... a bright new day..,
to ask for forgiveness. I am brought to my knees in prayer. Amen

Posted 2 Months Ago


Dara

2 Months Ago

Your words speak volumes, Pat. This is not a time to remain silent for sure. I so appreciate you rea.. read more
the thread of your theme is not political says i! ;) it is moral and ethical ...and as we all know religion and politics do not mix...unless the individual stands strong ... your social commentary is pointed and the position of your speaker clear .. i like this President .. what he has accomplished in such a short time is incredible ... speaking economically ... and he simply doesn't care about the vicious attacks on his character and family which are non-stop ... the responsibility to love our neighbors is a call eternal ...we fall short all the time ... even God can not legislate it ... as the Command says "Love thy neighbor" ...and the worship of anything will corrupt it....love of money...love of fame, power etc .. and the worship of guns .. so i agree (not that it matters much) but i have a concealed carry licence, i practice at our nearby range regularly and i do carry it with me at all times ...i don't expect to ever have a need to use it ...in the same way one has a spare tire and jack in the trunk .... i don't worship it ;) the form and cadence is strong..rhyming is so natural i had to go back and see what rhyme you did ... i love the closing verse .. it wraps up a very divided time in America and the solution ... we all need to quiet down...let our process work ... have Faith ..and vote vote vote .... brave post Dara ...i am sure many will agree with the totality of its message ... love love love and peace dear friend ..
E.
ps really like your new avatar ... radiant smile dahlink!

Posted 4 Months Ago


Dara

4 Months Ago

Ah dear friend, your honesty and wisdom are so refreshing and needed at times like this. Lately I am.. read more
Einstein Noodle

4 Months Ago

YES....100% YES! the rhetoric is vicious, and without facts most of the time .. its like lets all ju.. read more
These are dark and difficult times for most of us. (The reasonable, sane ones, methinks) Perhaps I'm a fool, but I still have hope that good will triumph over evil. All but the most zombified of the orange ogre's supporters are abandoning him, proving that some people can wake up. May it be a trend.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Dara

5 Months Ago

You are so right, Sam. I do believe there are much better days ahead also. Perhaps we are dodging a .. read more
You've greatly voiced my own sentiments, Dara, word for word. Bless you for that!

Posted 5 Months Ago


Dara

5 Months Ago

Thank you so much Kelly. Deep down I think many people feel the same way but it is going to take alo.. read more

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I am a retired teacher who has just recently discovered the joy of writing poetry. Formerly known as Passion Flower, I decided to publish using my own name. My poetry is simple and from the heart whi.. more..

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