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Oh America, your promising words
And your most celebrated “dream,”
In reality, falls short
For it is not what it seems
Life and liberty
And the pursuit of happiness
Granted solely to fortunate men,
Whom society elects to bless
Oh America, I shall ask you this,
Should I accept less pay?
Do you neglect my vigorous grind,
Undying commitment each day?
We populate half of your country,
Yet we’re returned just half as much
Dwelling in a jarring repression,
We have grappled to stand up
Oh America, do you not see?
Not much more could we have done…
We’ve blessed you with our innovations,
Labored ‘til the risen sun
At home we raise your future men
and cook for their now fathers
We promise our girls equality looms
Tough to lie to our pure daughters
Oh America, is it not enough?
Will there be a longer wait?
Did our toil in that Great War
Not conclude this poor debate?
We harvested in your fields
And sewed up your men’s garments
In the red, white, and blue
That taunts us, yet so charmant
Oh America, The Land of the Free?
And the home of those who crave
To be equal to their counterparts,
But are considered so deranged
Apologetically, we cannot wait much longer
For this wage gap to be healed
Suffocating beneath your masked misogyny,
Is our ultimate fate truly sealed?
Oh America, our voices will echo,
Climb your mountains and break your dams,
Flow through your rivers, roll down your valleys,
Until we attain our promised land.