Clover Poetry Series: Welcome to America
I wrote this poem about two years ago (surprisingly) before the chaos of the 2016 election ensued. I was inspired by the idea of a "cookie cutter American family" and how a lot of the time people struggle silently while still maintaining a facade.
Welcome to America!
A white picket fence surrounds a cookie cutter home,
And a bright green yard,
Inside of that home lies a family of five,
Swimming in debt; oh so close to drowning.
They hide their sadness with painted on smiles.
A single piece of thin green paper dominates their life,
Controlling their every move like a puppeteer.
They see others struggling as well,
Yet they turn a blind eye and forget what they saw,
Only caring about themselves and forgetting others.
This paper family with their painted on smiles,
Have hopes and dreams,
That they try to pursue,
In the land where dreams do come true,
Yet they find themselves falling short and not making the cut.
Welcome to America my friend!
Land of the controlled,
And home of the oblivious.
By Sophie Ernest, 17
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