by Tim Chiu
Enough bashing of conservatives and liberals - how about moderates? A prose poem.
|The fascination of the United States of America
With the toughest and leanest ideologies
Has strengthened us into a proud,
Virile, and equitable land.
Fashionable quotes from legendary writers,
Business folks, philanthropists, and leaders
Have inspired and educated millions
Of hungry, astute minds,
And have filled our humble, integral lives
With much fondness, hope and meaning.
Yet, our nation remains consumed
With surreal and didactic moments
Of endless, bitter hate
And cries of unconscionable intolerance,
As opposing values collide head-on in that meaningless vitriol
Of senseless, rambling theatre.
A wasteland of inviolable trust has developed,
As political foes wanting desperately to be heard
Acknowledge that neither side will ever listen or yield.
But a moderate, enthused stance often
Yields victory for both sides,
And these highly sought-after, in-between voters
Of uniqueness and principle
Shall continue to evoke the cleverest of strategies
And the most prominent forecasting optimism,
And shall yet again determine the nation’s direction and purpose
Through their everlasting goals and visions.