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I Hear Modern Day America Singing

February 5, 2011
By Emmaa BRONZE, Aiken, South Carolina
Emmaa BRONZE, Aiken, South Carolina
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I hear modern day america singing.
Singing mostly of ignorance.
I can hear the incompatibility of happiness and truth.
I can hear the fallacies of our leaders stream from every conner fill our ears.
I listen the screeching of metal-bodied workers in the process of mass production.
I can hear kindness becoming nothing but a card game.
I can hear all of the destruction and vengeance and retaliation.
I can hear the poisoned skies and and yellow waters yearning for more.
I hear the judgement of others turning into hypocrisy.
I can hear individuals and independents being replaced with followers.
I can hear simple morals being forgotten and left to rot.
I listen to people being driven by nothing but envy, greed, and jealousy.
I can hear how people have come to take life for granted.
I can hear bleak times in the distance if something doesn't change.
When I hear modern day america singing, I do not hear the sweet melody of a hopeful future.
I hear a scream for help.

The author's comments:
In my english class, we read the poem "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman and were then asked to write our own poem about modern day America.

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SnowSparks said...
on Nov. 29 2012 at 7:17 pm
Hi ! c: I really liked your poem & I want to use it for my debate oral interp . We need to give credit to the author , so , as part of the assignment , I need your full name ? If you wish for it to be private , you can email me or post it then delete it immediately after . Thank you so much !