I am not a Lion

Am I Brave, as they say?

Or do I continue for my fear

Of failing?

Equality, Individuality

Unity, Diversity

The archaic American Ideals

Are ailing

Their polarization

Disrupting our nation

As we pass over acceptance

As an acceptable belief

 

Am I Free, as they say?

Or am I pressured to do and speak

As they do?

Speech I must Leach

Off of Those who Teach

Me to be another animal in

This zoo

Where some species “deserve”

Much more than what they’ve earned

But it is too hard to be heard

Over roars of bloodthirsty lions

 

I am not as they say because

I am not a lion.

This poem is about: 
Me
My country

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