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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Gee
When word leaders are nationalised and only interested in lining their own nest, what hope...little or none.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Dara

3 Weeks Ago

Not to mention the damage they are doing to the planet, our leader in particular. Thank you so much .. read more
Gee

3 Weeks Ago

My pleasure, two words never to be spoken AT Donald T :)
Dara

3 Weeks Ago

I couldn’t even get myself to write his name. I have heard many alternatives but probably should n.. read more
This is whole truth Dara.
I'm not from America but this things are over everywhere casting the shadow of sorrow and pain over men.
Greedy people always wanting the for themselves, Overused of power everywhere. People are under pressure, despondency and anxiety but no one seems to even show concern.
We are terrorizing ourselves, yet believing it's a norm. I think the entire world needs a reformation or we as the inhabitant has to control our greediness, love for money and power, and our entire self.
Thanks for sharing this.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Dara

1 Month Ago

Truer words have not been spoken my friend. It seems there is a very scary trend leaning towards tho.. read more
Kay Salisu Titilola

1 Month Ago

If that is the case. I think we still have a long way to go.
So many warranted, unanswered questions in your poem. We seem less interested collectively in answering the questions than attacking those who ask. I’m grateful we live in a country that recognizes our God given right to free speech, knowing other countries would kill for less. Still, we need more than speech today. Well said in poetic form here.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Dara

5 Months Ago

This is so true. It is scary to see the direction that our country is headed but what can we do but .. read more
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Such a powerful write-up , depicting well the political situations. Any State must be a home to every Worthy.
Great read!

Posted 5 Months Ago


Dara

5 Months Ago

Thank you so much for sharing your words and insight to my poem. Still waiting for things to get bet.. read more
Muskan

5 Months Ago

I hope soon it do!
I agree dear Dara, we keep going forward and insure we keep freedom alive. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 6 Months Ago


Dara

6 Months Ago

Yes we must keep striving to keep it alive and thriving. So good of you to take the time to read and.. read more
Coyote Poetry

5 Months Ago

I agree dear Dara and you are welcome.
A strong write Dara on the political situation in the States. We have our own problems over here at the moment in the UK too. The most vulnerable in our society should always be cared for, that message seems to have gone astray with politicians nowadays. We have forgotten how to look after one another and be kind. I enjoyed the composition and style of your writing, even though the message was sombre.

All good wishes

Chris

Posted 6 Months Ago


Dara

6 Months Ago

Thank you so much Christine. It appears to be a very sad trend these days and that we are all in the.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

6 Months Ago

Thank you. Have a good week-end yourself Dana :)
This is a timely write. Words that need to be heard!
Write on!

Posted 7 Months Ago


Dara

7 Months Ago

Thank you for your words of encouragement. It helps to put these feelings into writing. Great to see.. read more
This is dear to my heart and I certainly feel the same well written and thought out the meter flows well

Posted 9 Months Ago


Dara

9 Months 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 9 Months Ago


Dara

9 Months Ago

Thank you so much. I remember the day I wrote I was feeling pretty emotional so I guess it shows. Wr.. read more
Carthage Thorne| The Wildcard

9 Months 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 9 Months Ago


Dara

9 Months Ago

So true! Perhaps this is a case of what doesn’t kill us will make us stronger. It certainly seems .. read more

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