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Abu Ghraib isn’t us
you say
I wish it wasn’t us
Torture by American hands
It is us
My insides roil
at pictures
proof we’ve fallen
from ideals
that shaped our nation
Human nature has all sides
228 years ago
our founders sat
to write a constitution
to define us
in our freedom
not to take license
to lead us
toward our noble natures
They did not want
another King George


Copyright 2004 Arlyn Serber