Are You Paying Attention?

Are You Paying Attention?

The headlines have got me concerned.
I’m asking, “Haven’t we learned?”
We must bend the arc of history,
and keep moving forward. Can’t you see?

Instead the television is filled with shouting,
by “leaders” whose sanity I’m sure doubting.
We’ve got candidates filled with hate,
and they want to rule these United States.
Pay attention to what it is that they suggest,
then hit the streets and go protest,
for this betrayal we cannot allow.

The founders must be rolling in the ground,
at the way we ignore our constitution,
and argue over any real solutions.
This nation was founded by the people.
We can’t let control go to someone evil.

I’m hearing them as they go and stump,
and their ideas belong in the dump.
We must rise above racist systems,
and unite all as brothers and sisters.
Elect a person who can lead us,
and make sure we work for freedom.

This soulless rhetoric of hate
was never meant to be our fate.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.