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by James Johnston
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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The following submission is gratefully dedicated to my long-time, spiritual support friend, Marlene! Without her wonderful store of positive attitude guidance, my world would have been unbelievably bleak.

The frightful conditions around the world inspired this comparison to an unkempt room. Only our combined, concerted effort to select the most wise, strong and dedicated guiding hands will return our country to its rightful place in the world.

My jumbled bedroom suddenly ignites

A fire within my mind to create verse

I gaze upon the pile of ugly sights

And wonder if it ever could be worse.


I suddenly compare it with my thought

Of things around the world that are so bleak

I wonder what it is that we have brought

Upon our nation that has made us weak.


America has always been so strong

But now our leadership has let us down

We have to find a way to undo wrong

And not allow our global world to drown


Apologies and pleas have gone unheard

By other countries we have helped so much

Wake up America and heed the word

Before we lose our helping hand and touch


So now I think I’ll try to clean my room

And pass along my thoughts to all of you

Together we must try to prevent doom

From ruining our land we love so true .

Copyright © James C. Johnston 2011











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Reviewed by James Johnston
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Reviewed by Sally Carter
My goodness, Jim, that's a great journey of the imagination, from your room to the sad state of the world. But I can definitely see the connection. Heck, if you could only see my desk...
I agree with you - strong countries like yours suddenly seem to be on the back foot, and poor little Britain, with its once great empire, feels like a very small bit player these days.
Your meter is very strong throughout, which makes the poem a pleasure to read. I love it when things scan well. The only line that I had to work a little bit harder on was the last one. But - I am learning that you folks in the States often pronounce things differently from we Brits. So if you say "ruining" with two syllables fine, but I instinctively hear it with three. If you hear it the same, then you might try simply removing the word "dear", which then leaves the line with the same meter as the other final lines.
A lovely sense of immediacy, and feeling alongside the writer in this poem.
Best wishes
Reviewed by Marjorie Baker (Reader)
Thank you for these words that need to be etched in the mind of each person who enjoys the freedom that our great nation offers! I pray that future generations of Americans will embrace the patriotic, love of God and Country that has kept the United States of America free and strong! Words well written and much needed! M Baker
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Your heart and mind is filled with passion and our power is in the vote...

Be always safe,
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