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Independence Day?

 

I live in the
land
of liberty
 

Where
kids hang
on leashes
and dogs
run free
 
*
 

Now
a coast to
coast theme-park
named Zombieland
 

Where tourists
could flock
by sea and
by land
 

Where there’s
ever a parade
and a
marching band
 

To catch
if they be
(un)lucky
and if they
can
 

1.6+
mass-shootings
a day

 

Holding high
banners
that proudly
say
 

Love it
or leave it
it’s the
American Way

 
*
 

Far away
from here
lies India
 

Marking
today
its independence
day*
 

If it be
not mindful
who is to
say
 

That it too
might not go
the American Way
?
 
* India won its political independence from Britain on August 15, 1947

 
[© R.Kanth 2022]

 

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda, A Day in the Life, and Expiations
 

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