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Choice

A poem about the US elections by Impolite favourite Amy Barone

 

We wear buttons and unfurl banners,
proclaim our allegiance on streets and Facebook, judge others for their choice on Election Day.

 

America has hefty decisions to make —
who will rule the land of the free?
Whom will we choose as friends?

 

We come together best under tragedy.
9/11/01 terrorist attacks united the nation, made everyone a New Yorker for a spell.

 

But we fell apart under safer skies.
Inner cities cry to harsh ears for help.
Pandering, accusing, labeling tolls.

 

A second generation American, I tasted
the salt of immigrant grandparents,
share the bounty of hard work and hunger,

 

a new start in the new world,
where choice and opportunity
appear to shrink by day.

Image credit: (CC) Wikimedia

Amy Barone

About the Writer

Amy's poetry has appeared in CityLitRag, First Literary Review - East, Gravida, Impolite Conversation (UK), Maintenant, Philadelphia Poets and The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, among other publications. She reads at venues in New York City and Philadelphia and belongs to PEN America Center and the Brevitas online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. She spent five years as Italian correspondent for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age and is now a board member of the Italian American Writer's Association, co-organising and promoting their monthly readings in New York City. 

 

Amy's chapbook, Kamikaze Dance, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press. Her first collection, Views from the Driveway, was published by Foothills Publishing.

 

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