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America's Promise
by Karen C Vanderlaan
Friday, May 21, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Too many of our youth's lives are destroyed by the use of drugs

America’s Promise


America’s Promise sits in jail,

A man who was once a boy,

Born with gifts one could only hope for,

Intelligence, athleticism and charm as well.


America’s Promise was born to her freedom,

Played in her dirt and attended her schools.

He played on her fields, courts and arenas,

And went to Europe as her ambassador.


America’s Promise read Homer and Shakespeare,

And studied Einstein, Galileo and Pythagoras.

He worked out trigonometry and calculus, too,

And wrote intriguing, stories and poems that rhymed.


But, America’s Promise succeeded to fast,

Socially inept and unable to cope.

He turned to drugs but had little control,

And America’s promise sits in jail.


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Reviewed by John Domino 8/9/2010
A timeless message! This was the "Right Time" for me to hear it!


John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Art Sun 7/18/2010
Sadly the American Dream can also be the nightmare of so many with those gifts of success...

nice work Karen...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/20/2010
Such a sad but very real truth, Karen. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 6/5/2010
It is a shame when this happens and it does so often It breaks your heart to see them.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/26/2010
It happens ,, bad choices do not help...M
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 5/26/2010
a very good poetic reminder how life can change on us, real quick, good one Karen, cheers
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/23/2010
Drugs seems to be the easy way out of working hard life as they see what happens with the lives and savings of their parents.
They will read this poem, shrug their collective shoulders and said, so?
We have let things go too far, it is time to stop talking and bring the hard long stick and wham!!!


Reviewed by Liana Margiva 5/22/2010
POWERFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 5/21/2010
Truly,,I like to influence my own mind, as drugs sad
Reviewed by Dale Clark 5/21/2010
So sad yet true, Karen, how can we help? not sure
but as Felix said it's their decision and all we can do is reach out
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/21/2010
It is all too sad that such bright and wonderul minds can be raped and robbed of the potential to do so much by the ravages of drugs and alcohol. I have seen it in young relatives of my own and it made me wish I could shelter them but sadly they must often be the ones to make the decision and all we can do is reach out...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/21/2010
America's Promise seems to be very rapidly fading, in so many areas, these extremely sad days.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 5/21/2010
Hopefully the realization of "who they are" will come calling to the sad cases sitting in that jail. It will come calling this awareness and they have choices to make, hopefully they will make the right ones. There are plenty who have been down that road and fought their way out of it. Nice work, Karen.
Reviewed by George Carroll 5/21/2010
One of the destroyers of our youth today. One can never say I'll try it just once, it will be your downfall.
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 5/21/2010
Karen, this poem really touched me. It is so sad to see a young person devastated by drugs...It is such a waste of precious life..There is no explanation as to why some young people fall prey to the life of drugs and addiction, but somehow, someway they are learning a life lesson. Something that no one but themselves can learn. Our only hope is that they wake up before it is too late..You are an amazing teacher, and an even more amazing humanitarian...I want you to know that you are loved and cared about and also are blessed in more ways than you can ever imagine.

Much peace, love and light,
Amber "V"

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