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A Poem by OCeallaigh

Author: OCeallaigh
Created: February 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: Activism | General/Other | General/Other
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Your American Reservation  

Within their divided nation you must live
Burdened by the homage you are expected to give
As they resume their quarrel after saluting Old Glory
Horns blowing, blue and red banners flying
Ever at odds while their nation is rapidly dying
A sad enough ending for an even sadder story

Throw that accursed blue or red banner down
And both sides will whip you out of town
They will have no open objection to their fight
Consumed with squabbling they fail to understand
The minds of all others living in this blighted land
Millions just like you beyond their near sight

The American dream sleeps with the dead
Not in tent cities, cold ground for a child's bed
Sad days, troubled times and grim revelations
Cutbacks, pink slips and being let go on a Friday
Unpaid mortgages, forced evictions, moving away
Americans of all colors living on reservations

Lady Liberty, that torch bearing heartless bitch
How sweetly she embraces only the rich
Sourly disregarding everyone else as fools
Courtesan and clientele fornicating on the floor
Or bored upon the backs of the working poor
Played by corporate shills and government tools

Your numbers grow with each new painful day
What else do you have can they take away ?
Your children’s future should be worried about
Living in poverty on your American reservation
Your vast numbers and having the realization
Their few guarded gates cannot keep you out

© OCeallaigh - all rights reserved

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August 28, 2012
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this is really passsionate and intense... it speaks to the hearts... of those who have a heart. a good reminder of the two very different americas we live in. great write, great message. i hear you.

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February 20, 2012
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Greatness for a Native American
Greatness for a Native read about us...? Know us? or met any of us.......? You speak of what we live day in and day out......we as a Native people struggle day in and day out........we struggle just to strive.........even when we leave our homeland or whats left of our homeland many of us still take the reservation with us to the cities......we are rez lifers .....we are rezstutionalized ...........this is my reservation.......and the reservation I live in is THE POOREST ONE IN AMERICA....INFACT WE ARE RANKED NUMBER ONE IN ALL OF AMERICAN RESERVATION.......PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION.......IS WHERE IM FROM...thanks for sharing.

Do I know any Native Americans ? Sure I do. Everyone born in this country is a Native American. I also know my mother's people(Piqua sept), their ways,a lot of their language and their plight.

This is a poem for all the people

 OCeallaigh replied on February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012
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love your style
radical this write. it love the message, it said shows some visual rhythm and the tone ..the speaker shows kindness, and concern for his fellowmen, here and all over this world, keep writing.. love your orginallity. spotlight material..

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