Because why have imitation bomb noise In a world where bombs and land mines destroy lives daily? Because basic rights for women have been cancelled And Queer rights are next. Because billionaires play with rockets While poor people sleep in cars And even the professional class can lose everything to a hospital bill.
What if we boycott the 4th? And let our wildlife, livestock, and pets not be panicked, Afterall, they have another stress filled smoky summer of wildfires to look forward to because our politicians have not acted on climate change.
What if we boycott the 4th? Until we finally guarantee freedom, justice and equality for all And are governed with the consent of the people And that pursuit of happiness- do we look happy to you? With weekly reports of mass shootings, police brutality And domestic violence? Do not enough guns go off daily that we need fireworks Now that most of us have PTSD from daily life?
Boycott the 4th, not to disrespect the founders and the framers, But to remember that the American Revolution was not a war But a foggy vision That has gained clarity over the decades Of just how free and truly great we could aspire to be If we were brave If we were free.
Marcia Hope Wolhandler