Have we any doctrines? Have we any rules?
Are creeds and regulations simply meant for fools?
Has our common decency been voted away?
What of our Constitution? Has it become passé?
What would our founding fathers think, and what would they say?
Will loss of their declarations be the price we pay
for taking it for granted that liberty would thrive
so long as all our citizens managed to survive?
We always saw the threat outside—all those foreign men.
We never thought our country would be lost to those within.
Tell our air and water. Tell each foreign son.
Our doctrines and our principles seem to have come undone.


The Daily Addiction prompt is doctrine.

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

12 thoughts on “U.S.A.

  1. Christine Goodnough

    Say to say, this seems to be true for western society as a whole. We’ve lost the sense of responsibility that kept our forebears on the straight and narrow.
    In the States I’d say Clarence Darrow has a LOT to answer for. An eloquent lawyer, he taught the legal system, and finally people as a whole, to dodge responsibility with the plea, “It’s not really my fault. I did this because of how I grew up — and that’s society’s fault. I’m just an innocent victim.”


  2. Mr Livingstone

    Dear Judy, After more than forty years of fruitlessly raising the alarm amidst people who Do Not Care, I find it uplifting to finally see a few people with a moral conscience, having the integrity to speak up. Thank you for adding your (poetic) voice. Sincerely, PL


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Philip. Fortunately, there are a lot of people speaking up right now. Let’s hope it has its effect on the midterm elections, which seem to be our only hope.


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