Language of the Land



Of course, there is still great bigotry

We have hated throughout our history


The indigenous sent to reservations

The decimation of an entire nation


American born treated like tramps

In our Japanese internment camps


When slavery was to be abolished

Jim Crow laws were crafted and polished


The loving ones resisted by heated shove

Based solely judged on whom they love


Every ethnic witch hunt for colored hue

Where different meets an unfair due


The taxed territories who pay by rote

But we withhold their right to vote


And the lives we kill in prison cells

A hatred we must all see too well


Met by force with harming intent

We hate the words of any dissent


And the language of the land

Become the measure of the man




19 Responses to “Language of the Land”
  1. dessertflower5 says:

    So much truth in these lines

  2. sudrakarma says:

    Sad, but true. Sometimes I wonder who i’d be if I internalized all the lessons i’ve been taught by our so-called leaders’ actions instead of rejecting them reflexively. But then I look around me these days and wonder no more.

  3. beth says:

    wow, this one is so achingly sad and shows how history has repeated itself, over and over again. when will we learn to respect all of humanity?

  4. yassy says:

    Great stuff. It must be put into a school curriculum where kids can read this.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    a sad commentary on human nature.

    I’m curious if there is a link between the photo and the poem…

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    How many times throughout history can we still be making the same mistakes?

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad you just keep writing these beautiful heart tugging poems. I love the rhythm of this style. Such truth spoken in these words my friend. Beautiful work. Hugs and love ❤️ Jonikins

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