We are bruised and burned
Striving for greatness
But often we fail
To tell the true tale
Of this nation

The black and blue
Injuries to the marginalized
But yet we strive
To pick ourselves up
and fight for a common goal

Hate seems to command the day
But love swings heavy fists
It never misses the knockout blow
To lay avarice and malice
Into the waste

Yes we are bloodied and bruised
But yet we still climb
To touch the sky
And build brick by brick
A country we can love and never forget

Painting, “Stormy Sky,” Jean Lursson. Painting Valley

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