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  • Writer's pictureAlice Wyatt


O say can you see by the dawns early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight

O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave

America, America, our children’s blood is shed by thee

each day

our children sacrificed

on the altar of the 2nd Amendment

Uvalde - Sandy Hook - Parkland - Santa Fe

a news story

somewhere else

somebody else

not my town


America, America, a nation that kills its own

broad stripes and bright stars

now shrouds for our future

we are neither brave nor free

Virginia Tech - Columbine - Red Lake - Randallstown

the channel changes

the bodies are buried

we all move on

not my school


America, America, great land of apathy

politicians bicker

red and blue cast blame

while vowing to bring change

Roseburg - Saginaw - Reno - Dover, Tennessee

a mother weeps

the mayor speaks

we’ve seen it all before

not my kids


America, America, oh say can’t you see?

our children's blood is shed by - we

OUR towns

OUR schools

OUR kids

America, America, WE ARE America

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24. Aug. 2023

Oh Alice, you point out so wonderfully our hypocrisy, our political divide, etc. I'm proud to call you my friend.

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