There are ways that America’s great
and many in which she is not.
She can’t rest on her laurels and wait
or her dreams will eventually rot.
It was immigrants over the years,
a virtual cultural salad,
that led her to conquer her fears
when evidence proved they weren’t valid.
Will she open her arms and renew
the spirit on which she was founded?
Will she learn from the past and review
so that freedoms she touts are resounded?
© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode