by Gary R. Hess
This day but comes once a year
and at this time we sit and cheer
for the one thing we all take for granted:
And with this freedom we have misplaced
and took it to a form defaced
to do more harm than good
to those who seek brotherhood.
We sit and commit a form of tyranny
against our neighbors and their families
whenever we call them out
for all the things they do shout.
But we cannot abide by this notion
for our nation cannot exist
when hatred comes even with small pockets.
This poem was written for 4th of July 2016. Happy Independence day, USA!