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The Pledge Of Allegiance's, 'One Nation Under God'
Poem by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
I remember reciting the Pledge while Rosa Parks was sent to jail, DNA exonerates unjustly convicted where the system would fail...
(CLEVELAND) - The Pledge Of Allegiance’s, “One Nation Under God”
Okay! Americans are in an uproar, “One Nation Under God,”
And yet just like, “In God We Trust” on money I find this odd,
Since so many had much to say about the Trayvon Martin case,
3 Blacks give 1 White kid 2 black eyes then shoe print his face.
Nada! Those who were vocal in retaliation, “boycott the state,”
Australian Baseball Player Christopher Lane killed due to hate,
Likewise, Delbert Belton 88, beaten to death by 2 Black teens,
Chris was only 22 as racism by gunshot snuffed out his dreams.
In 1892 for a magazine contest it pledged allegiance to the flag,
U.S. Supreme Court, “burning it is not a crime” makes some gag,
Whereas, not the whole nation because of those choosing to burn,
Are born & raised in this country, working here a living they earn.
I remember reciting the Pledge while Rosa Parks was sent to jail,
DNA exonerates unjustly convicted where the system would fail,
McDonald’s, WalMart, billion $$ corporations, workers get paid,
Lest than pennies on a dollar but it is our Nation’s minimum wage.
President Eisenhower & Congress added the phrase way back in 1954,
While Colored Folk had to enter establishments through the back door,
Then there were the separate drinking fountains, places to eat & sleep,
Tests had trick questions on job applications Blacks couldn’t complete.
Sorry! This matter is not about discrimination against Atheist’s Rights,
Nor the law firms that represent these individuals in a courtroom fight,
Both students and teachers alike in the classrooms can be, "openly gay,"
While, “One Nation Under God” the "Ten Commandments" we cannot say?
“One nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" is another fallacy,
Indigent innocent people are incarcerated everyday as guilty rich go free,
Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do right, seek justice, relieve the oppressed…”
Mortgage Companies & Collection Agencies garner $$$ based on a guess?
Celebs’ like Tiger Woods & many others chant to Buddha on a daily basis,
Openly ignoring talented gifts bestowed upon them by God’s good graces,
“Under God” mourned the loss of the passing of Rev. George M. Docherty,
A godless pledge could easily be for Communist Russia, what a mockery.
A point he argued during a sermon preached in 1954 in honor of, “Honest Abe,”
His birthday celebration and a national holiday we recognize to this very day,
o Under God “omits the definitive character of the American Way of Life."
Hate crimes, political scandals, drug use and human trafficking, “Yeah Right!”
By Luke Easter
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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