Dream or Nightmare
Hoping for a melting pot
and yet, still separate
very distinct, different
many cultures, languages, religions
races, belief systems
all in their own corners
not knowing what to melt in to
the sum weaker than the part
they ask if it is in their interest
to loose their identities.
What is the American dream?
is it working hard
or selling junk bond?
live in the suburbs
or the inner-city ghettos?
work at three minimum wage jobs
or make millions of dollars
as heads of corporations?
They ask, if their vote counts
as good as the movers and shakers
some question the two political parties
different names, same objectives
may be it is time for other choices.
Is justice sold to the highest bidder
or are we governed by laws that are fair?
Is the American system working
does it need redesigning
may be the features and scopes of the dream
Sounds like it is out of tune completely
the needs of the majority
welfare, health care, not discussed seriously
options not studied carefully.
Thousands of layoffs
coupled with millions of more profits
for the head of industries
not healthy to citizens’
dreams and hopes
and the future dims.
The American dream might become a nightmare
and the system laid bare
unless it becomes more responsive, to the needs
wishes, and dreams of the have-nots.