Featured in the 2014 Fall Issue of Rambunctious
America Zev Anbar, '16 America, land of the free and home of the brave Where anyone can make it Where all men are created equal and are treated equal In the eyes of society and the law. What a pile of shit. It's true that America is the home of the brave, But are we really free? Are we treated equal in the eyes of society and law? Women are paid 77 cents for every dollar a man makes Black men are unjustly shot because of the color of their skin Being expressive is being uncomformative Therefore you must be shunned How can this be the land of the free When we are sliding back Repeating history. It is the 21st century People Yet still a woman can't walk down the street Without fear of getting raped A black kid can't go to a store and buy a soda Without being frisked on the way out And marriage Sure now gay marriage is legal in most states But that does not stop the slurs and derogatory terms From flying every which way Through words and the internet. Goddamn it! We are addicted to technology and weed Alcohol and caffeine Addicted to some so we can escape Addicted to others we can keep on going. America is a land of sliced wrists Post Traumatic Stress Attempted suicides And stone walls built around our hearts. But still we are the home of the brave. We are the home of survivors. Of people who wanted to die but worked through it Those who have been unjustly accused but forgave Of soldiers who though their time overseas is up Continue to serve our country. We are the country that doesn't stop That doesn't give in We are stubborn as the ox that used to plow our farms We will not stop because someone says no We will not give in to the names we are called And we will survive. We are America The good and the bad The addiction and the strength We are America Home of the Brave.