built on my back

Sun, 04/30/2017 - 18:40 -- cmjoyce

America is great
but the people who made is great don't get to experience it

when profits are low they cut jobs instead of their paychecks
the only people who feel the burden are the ones just trying to scrape by

when a police officer shoots someone he gets paid to sit at a desk as punishment
but a grieving mother gets a headstone for her son she pushed so hard to graduate

when my mother tried to leave my father after years of his abuse 
he asked for joint custody of the kids and thirteen hundred a month so he didn't have to work

when someone tells me America is great
i know so much about how they live already


This poem is about: 
My family
My community
My country


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