American Tribalism

Jose de Creeft

We are a family
of the estranged
Citizens of a land
deaf to our history
Neighbor strangers
in neighbor`hoods
without cohesion
Children parents
parents children

Gone is the era
of accountability
We feel free now
to flaunt liberties
ours but by Grace
Ready to ask eye`
for an eye tooth`
for a tooth Love
devolved to law

And as always
Law is arbitrary
Rewarding elites
Punishing others
just for being poor
who are the cause
for all the trouble
currently tearing
America apart

“When people have tried everything and have discovered that nothing works,
they will tend to revert to what they know best—which will often be the tribe,
the totem, or the taboo.”
~ Christopher Hitchens


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to American Tribalism

  1. I suspect that some of our “tribalism” is congenital – it having been endemic to the history of our Euro roots – and so we must keep on working to subdue it – as for Hitchens and others of his antitheist ilk (Dawkins comes to mind), I couldn’t bring myself to stain a page with his ideas


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