I believed you.
I believed the happy hopefulness
Of those '70s cartoons.
I smiled as the droopy scroll
Crooned, "I'm just a bill,
Yes, I'm only a bill,"
Forlorn until the Congress passed him
And the President signed him into law.
I rooted for the cartoon Mayflower
Splishin' and a-splashin'
Over blue-eyed waves.
I said hooray for the 19th Amendment
And cheered for the Great American Melting Pot.
I gulped down the cleaned-up shrink-lit history
Of the Land Of The Free.
Sure, much later I'd concede (who wouldn't?)
That the republic was flawed.
But I reasoned, more folks want in than out,
So we must be doing something right.
I mean, we're not totalitarians!
Schoolhouse Rock, I miss you.
I miss Lolly's Adverbs
And Conjunction Junction.
I miss Presidents Ford and Carter,
Decent gentlemen both.
I miss my little-kid faith
That the world could sing together
Peacefully, as one, without rancor,
Poetry by Thomas DeFreitas
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Written on 2018-10-29 at 02:06
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