DEMOCRACY

A Poem by Victoria Lynn Hall

DEMOCRACY
implies freedom
DEMOCRACY
implies choice
Not just for everyone
to have a vote
but for everyone
to have a voice

But who is being heard
when DEMOCRACY becomes
nothing but a sales pitch
When our freedom flag is unfurled
only for the powerful
only for the rich

When the leaders of the world
are selling austerity and war
with constant propaganda and lies
Can there be any meaning to the word
Or is it nothing other
than a branding exercise

How do we define a term
conveniently offering 
only a vague assurance
that something will transform
for those who suffer
to those for whom suffering
is a rare occurrence

What does DEMOCRACY imply
to those masses who are tired and poor
when their needs are denied
when they are turned away at the door

How does DEMOCRACY feed the hungry
How does DEMOCRACY justify poverty
when so many have less and less
while others amass more and more and more

Do you ever stop and ask yourself
just who is this DEMOCRACY for?

Maybe DEMOCRACY works for you
Maybe DEMOCRACY doesn't hurt me
but if our government doesn't work for us all
then how do we dare call
it DEMOCRACY

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

linktr.ee/victorialynnhall

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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