Drawn to a waterless mirage,
Sustenance proffered from behind a smiling facade,
We long for what was, the honesty, the promise given at inception.
This nation…this world, is not what they envisioned!
Never-the-less, weak-minded and self-absorbed we self-inflict
Over and over and over again.
I too have inflicted myself on more than one occasion,
Placing faith in the faithless, trust in the untrustworthy
Only to have hopes dashed to oblivion.
You also, in honest appraisal, must have done so as well.
When will we wake up to the traitorous criminality of those entrusted with the sacred,
The injustice, the deceit, the blatant prejudice toward the people?
We the people comprises every citizen,
Race nor creed nor color nor sexual orientation has bearing,
Not just for those deemed as righteous or worthy in another’s eyes.
They are us…beholden to us, answerable to us if we demand it,
But instead we cower with an air of disinterest, taking our medicine
Like good subservient children.
Who is to blame for this debacle?
We are the true culprits,
Complicit in their scheme!
Complicit through tolerance or blindness, neither an excuse.
When will we awake from our slumber to hold these servants of the public accountable
We have an obligation to the experiment, yet we have faltered.
Laziness and ignorance are our legacy,
The legacy we have created in our own image.
How sad to see our path toward the annals of history,
Strewn with the sacrifices of the fallen.
If not for ourselves, for them we should correct course,
Return to the greatness that was us,
If we still know the way.
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~