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1973

He talks Vietnam.
He calls us commie-hippy-faggots,
drives off in his pickup truck
with the bumpersticker that says

AMERICA LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

But that is it, I think
as the truck drives away,
leaving us to the leaves,

the town beyond,
the ribbon of factories and houses,
the hellow sun shining overhead.

That’s not it, I softly think,
that’s not it at all.

Not AMERICA – LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT

AMERICA -- LOVE IT OR CHANGE IT

Love the dumping ground
this country has become
for every two-bit fatcat
racist and sexist,

behind whom stand
the banks and corporations,

the usual
bonechomping,
bloodsucking
forceds for profit,

or struggle to change it –

struggle to change it
with the rest
of the damaged, uprooted
and dispossessed.


  Chris Butters