August 14, 2016

We've always had to make excuses,
For the ways of Americans.
We go everywhere -fat,
Big hats, loud shirts, and
Privileged, feeling we own
The world.  But, we do
Not. Brainwashed from an early
Age. In school, told "we're 
the best." 

When we glance
At how others do it, 
We know we're not, 
And that is difficult to accept. 

Can it explain how he rose up like this?
A symptom, I suppose,
Of always being told
You're awesome and then 
The entitlement that flairs
The you refuse to acknowledge 
The lie. 

This is Poem #148 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I challenged myself to spend a year in which I’d wake most mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee. By the end of the year,  I had written 241 poems.  Here, I have published second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.