declaration of . . .


    we may hold
    these truths
    to be self-evident
    life, liberty, and
    the pursuit
    of happiness

    even truths
    have their limits
    when we wrote
    those words
    we were young

    and isolated
    and thinking mostly
    of ourselves
    now, we are older
    and established
    and powerful

    and something
    has been lost
    in the translation
    of your cries
    for freedom:
    our gas prices

    are going up
    along with our
    fear and anxiety
    we know
    you have suffered
    but the world

    was working
    pretty well
    like it was
    change is hard
    when it costs us
    for you

    to be free
    we hope
    you understand
    perhaps this truth
    or, at least,
    reality lives
    in the shadows:

    our comfort and power
    matter more (to us)
    than your freedom
    we do understand
    your yearnings
    can’t that be enough?


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