God Bless America

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    I have been to countries

    Where I have seen soldiers

    Walking around

    With guns on their shoulders

    Or places where people

    Looking for favors

    Snitch on their family,

    Friend or their neighbors

    Some people with little

    Constitutional protection

    Have seen their enemies

    Overturn an election

    There are lands where a woman

    Is killed in disgrace

    For going to school

    Or not covering her face

    On returning home

    From my treks through the world

    I’ve thrilled at the sight of our flag unfurled

    My heart was warmed and filled with cheer

    Knowing that it couldn’t happen here.

    Or could it?!!

    Geraldine Forer Spagnoli