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A sonnet in the manner of Milton or perhaps Wordsworth on my suffering homeland and those who are destroying it. The mode outdated, yes, but the spirit of the form can still be felt in the genius of the English language that can concentrate so much in fourteen rhymed iambic lines.
 
 
 

Sonnet: The End of America


The triumph of shame in a puff of dust
Holds your heart thrall to the shackles of fear
Where you doubt, even though you know you must,
How to make perfect your mind against their smear

Who kill the spirit of serving the truth
Out of their lust to aggrandize their kind.
You seek a language that will not dilute
The courage to look when others are blind

But will serve precision in every fact,
As it also celebrates the wonder
That life on this planet remains intact
Only if fusion and fission never sunder —

Such language to be humanity’s choice,
From many freely to make one voice.

Under SHOW ALL MEDIA please find a recording in which I read my poem aloud.
 
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