I planted my feet to the left
while you planted yours to the right
and compromise was severed
with the grisly sound of democracy’s death.
Amidst the carnage
I looked up at heaven’s
cloud of wings to see
a murder of crows
descending upon the carrion
of our disagreement.
Beaded mirror eyes stood above us
reflecting our failure to agree
and the decimated freedom
still clinging to our fists.
“It is too late,” rose from black beaks
as we the people gasped a last breath into the dust.
©Susie Clevenger 2012
com·pro·mise: [kom-pruh-mahyz] noun,verb, com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.
a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; anagreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposingclaims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification ofdemands.
May we citizens of these United States come together in peace and lay aside our prejudices to work toward the common good of all our citizens. It is imperative we succeed if we are to retain the freedom and democracy that has sustained our nation for the past 236 years.
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