AMERICAN DISEASE



MOTHERS LOUDLY WAILING, FATHERS LOST IN GRIEF,

SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN, FLAGS HALF-STAFF CRIME TAPE EVERYWHERE

PEOPLE FLEE IN DISARRAY, THE FIRING DOESN’T CEASE

DARK SYMPTOMS ALL AROUND OF THE AMERICAN DISEASE


FLOWERS ON THE SIDEWALK, PICTURES ON THE FENCE

ACCUSATION, RECRIMINATION, GRIEVING - FOR A WHILE

BUT, TIME PASSES AND WE GO ON AND PRAY THE CRIES DECREASE

NUMB AND IM-PO-TENT BEFORE THE AMERICAN DISEASE


ITS NOT THAT WE DON’T CARE - WE DO, WE REALLY DO

BUT CARING AND ACTING ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS,

AND THERE’S SO MUCH TO LOSE

OUR RIGHT TO GUNS, OUR RIGHT TO SPEECH, THE VERY RIGHT TO FEEL FREE –

WELL …

FEVERISH AND INCOHERENT, ITS THE AMERICAN DISEASE


IT’S TIME - WAY PAST TIME - THAT WE SERIOUSLY SOUGHT A CURE

LOCK UP THE GUNS, UNLOCK OUR HEARTS, LISTEN, NOT JUST HEAR

DOES INDUSTRY GET TO HOLD US HOSTAGE

FOR SAKE OF THEIR BOTTOM LINES?

DO WE CARE MORE FOR OUR VAUNTED “RIGHTS “

THAN WE DO FOR OUR CHILDREN’S LIVES?


IT’S TIME TO CHANGE, IT’S TIME TO ACT, IT’S TIME THAT WE GOT WELL

PUT AWAY THOSE VERY THINGS THAT ARE PAVING OUR WAY TO HELL

THE BLOOD CRIES OUT, THE CHILDREN PLEADING, “HELP! PROTECT US PLEASE!”

IT’S ON US, NOT ANYBODY ELSE, TO BEAT THIS DAMNED AMERICAN DISEASE


-- Conway Porter