The Most Burdened Generation: A Poem
My kids, and their generation, could've saved the world
My kids see race, color, and culture, but they know it has no bearing on a person's inherent worth
My kids see masculine and feminine, but they aren't hung up on enforcing those qualities according to someone's biology
My kids see climate change already affecting their world, and they understand enough science to know that humans have a hand in it
My kids don't care how you came to live in this country, if you participate here in a positive way
My kids see religion, and they aren't bothered by it unless it oppresses and hurts people
My kids see inequality and injustice, and they aren't afraid to act out against it
My kids see that blind patriotism is a quick path to fascism
My kids watched as the older generations voted for power-hungry, greedy old men who thumped bibles while ransacking and rigging the economy for their own gain
My kids watched as those men stole people's homes, stole people's healthcare, stole people's retirement funds, stole people's dignity, jailed dissenters, rewrote the story of American values, and tried to turn the younger generation into a scapegoat for all society's scorn
My kids watched the older generations pollute their air and their water without shame or guilt
My kids watched the older generations hungrily extract everything they could from the earth and the economy, without regard for what would be left to their grandchildren
My kids, and their generation, could've saved the world.
But I am afraid that my kids, and their generation, may have already had their future stolen by their grandparents
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