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Dear America

Logan, age 15 – Skagit County Juvenile Detention

Dear America
,


You need to know that the riots
and rebellion are caused by you. 
You think we are perfect.  Well,
we are not.  We live in fear
that if we stand up to you we will
be imprisoned.  You say we are free.
Well, that is a lie.  We are the opposite
of free.  You say you stand up for the weak.
You don’t stand up for nobody but yourself.

 


November 9, 2016, the day after the 2016 election.  Reading and responding to work by Bob Dylan, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Denise Levertov.

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