The Wrong America


We idolised Orson Welles and Lennie,

Walt Whitman and the Louisville Lip,

And got quite fond of little fat guys,

Perspiring and shooting from the hip,

Who yelled, in badly fitting shorts:

‘Honey, I gotta get a picture of that’.


Now, egged on by demented courts,

They seem to favour different sports:

The mean of mind and loud of voice

Would take away a woman’s choice.

Others shoot up schools in ten minutes flat,

Or shout ‘Stop the Steal’ and ‘Hang Mike Pence’,

While cheerfully smashing through

The Capitol’s perimeter fence.

◄ The Hill

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 28th Jun 2022 21:22

My thanks to you, John and Linda. Yes, it is a tragic poem beacuse it is borne out of tragedy. We have to hope that, in spite of everything, the situation can change and reason prevail

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Linda Cosgriff

Mon 27th Jun 2022 16:48

What a sad indictment of America that your excellent poem needed to be written. Heartbreaking.

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John Coopey

Mon 27th Jun 2022 10:30

Just seen this, Stephen, as we are on hols. Quality as always.

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Stephen Gospage

Sun 26th Jun 2022 16:53

My thanks to Greg, John, Rose, Stephen and Patricia and Leon for the kind comments.

It's so sad to see this wonderful civilisation of the inventive, eccentric and the sublime descend into a mean-spirited and inhumane theocracy, interspersed with, as you say Greg, daily killing sprees. It's not just that these happen, but that the system is rigged to ensure that there is no majority for doing anything about it.

Many thanks to Nigel, Frederick, Graham, KJ, Julie, Holden, Brenda, K Lynn and Bethany.

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Rose Casserley

Sun 26th Jun 2022 05:54

Accurately entertaining Mr G! love it!

RC 💋

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Greg Freeman

Sun 26th Jun 2022 01:35

Superbly crafted poem, Steve, that encapsulates our changing attitude towards America. From the land of the free, to the land of the killing spree.

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Sat 25th Jun 2022 22:36

Great piece Stephen, we love it!

P & L.

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Stephen Atkinson

Sat 25th Jun 2022 21:56


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John Botterill

Sat 25th Jun 2022 19:25

Wow! Powerful and apposite, Stephen. Right out of the top drawer. 😀

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