• Myrna Sandbrand

Why...Part 2

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

'We hold these truths to be self evident,

that all PEOPLE are created equal,

that they are endowed by their Creator

with certain unalienable rights,

that among these are

life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'

what one person fears

another person celebrates

what one heart welcomes

another heart hesitates

what one mind accepts

another mind separates

where one thought can hate

another one can venerate

we must understand this 

human contradiction

Black Americans perish

from poverty and acts of violence

assurances not kept 

a national denial

their path to freedom

filled with tribulation and trial

their contributions swept away 

from our collective mind

the stealing of their promise

with purpose and design

we have to accept;

we are all tainted 

by our American legacy,

we need to take a knee 

for the future of

this republic’s identity,

for the soul of our nation

for who we want to become

for the change we want to come

that’s the only way to get it done

it’s in our hands;

to recognize our 

judgements and cautions

to acknowledge our 

mental biases and distortions

to accept our nation’s history 

of subjugation and torture

taking others’ land and labor

without regard or accordance

for manifest destiny’s future fortune

we have seen;

from previous times

changing policies//passing laws

they provide protection

but don’t change minds

privilege blinds

white supremacy finds

a place for the discontented 

of circumstances intersected

refuge for the unrepentant

we all need a transfusion

to heal our revered national delusion

that we are all a part of

American greatness without exclusion

the promise, a noble theme

the result without conclusion

masking the fierce and destructive 

underbelly of our country’s injustice

preventing a more perfect union 

that conquers and divides us

we need a result that takes strength

to take away the old time stench

of despicable deeds done in the name

of economy

of superiority

of sovereignty

that's the only way for our nation

to become the truth of its creation

beyond the imagination

of the founding fathers

'We the People of the United States,

in Order to form a more perfect Union,

establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,

provide for the common defense,

promote the general Welfare,

and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,

do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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