red, white, and blue tears

america bleeds while dying
when emphasize issues of race
hate’s evil violence makes its case

all patriot hearts are sighing
where has our love of country gone?
can’t we together build safe home?

people with power caught lying
and president without a spine
tempts dictators to cross the line

foolish to send taxes flying
inflate the price of groceries, gas
baby formula may not last

while vulnerable still crying
abortions mean workers are few
and immigrants need gateway through

america bleeds while dying
all patriot hearts are sighing
people with power caught lying
foolish to send taxes flying
while vulnerable still crying


A constanza is two poems in one. The final stanza is the original poem expanded into 5 three-line stanzas in iambic tetrameter (8 syllables, 4 feet).  Rhyme scheme: a/b/b a/c/c, and so on. Thanks to Bjorn at dVerse Poets for an interesting challenge.

I don’t want to get into political arguments but my heart breaks for my country!

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. purplepeninportland
    May 28, 2022 @ 18:24:45

    Powerful, well written poem, Lynn!


  2. Simone E
    May 27, 2022 @ 08:16:45

    Beautifully written with a powerful message! Thank you for sharing


  3. sanaarizvi
    May 25, 2022 @ 15:09:35

    Yes, it is absolutely heart-breaking 😦


  4. Grace
    May 22, 2022 @ 20:15:48

    How terribly sad this is.


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 22, 2022 @ 10:45:30

    I think there are many things that are wrong… but it’s often harder to agree on the best solution.


  6. Gillena Cox
    May 21, 2022 @ 04:11:51

    The poet must write about the issues loveky or ugly. Bravo!!!

    Happy you dropped by to read mine



  7. SelmaMartin
    May 21, 2022 @ 00:10:32

    How I wish things would change fast. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed. xo


  8. Helen
    May 20, 2022 @ 20:03:19

    Speaking your truth matters …………..


  9. Rob Kistner
    May 20, 2022 @ 16:54:09

    Good write Lynn.


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