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Uncle Sam Has A Rude Awakening
by Harry E Gilleland

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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A thought-provoking political poem about Uncle Sam waking up in the dirt.


Uncle Sam awakens to find himself
lying face-down in the dirt. All battered
and bruised, he sits up to find himself
surrounded. Quickly all have scattered.

“Don’t y’all recognize me? I’m your friend.
Why are you running away?” Then, he
looks up to see that he has fallen from
his lofty perch. “Oh my, how can that be?”

One old friend timidly approaches to say,
“You’ve changed. We are all afraid of you now.
Where once you stood for truth and fair play,
for peace and honor, those you now disavow.”

Shocked, Uncle Sam replies, “Surely you’re
mistaken. I’ve always set the high mark.”
His old friend says, “Now you tell lies about
others as the spark into warfare to embark.

“You no longer condemn using torture
but use it yourself. Likewise, no longer
do you champion the individual’s rights.
The world’s distrust of you is much stronger.

“You run foreign prisons, denying legal rights
to your detainees. A climate of fear
you maintain to justify ignoring your own
Constitution. You’ve lost what once was dear.”

Shaken, Uncle Sam cries, “What has happened
to me? I don’t recognize myself anymore.
Me a liar, someone who makes unprovoked
attacks, who tortures…these I used to abhor.”

Uncle Sam stands and brushes away the dirt.
Then, speaking as he straightens to full height,
“I’m ashamed at how I have recently acted.
To become my old self, I‘ll try with all my might.”

His old friends all gather close around.
“Having you back as you were will be great.
It was painful watching you go so far astray.
Thankfully, you awoke before it was too late.”

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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/10/2008
Pointing out how corrupt things have become over the past few decades, when once a proud and powerful nation we were. Now truly a paper tiger....

Be always safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/10/2008
...can't be blamin Sam for the workings of a corrupt presidential government...W is the problem...ed
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 6/10/2008
Thought provoking. Your words spoke truly about what a lot of the world believes about us. And it is a shame. But the interesting thing is: Which candidate will give us back respect? lol. Great write. Liz
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