This America Competes

 

We compete for food

We compete for shelter

Compete for love,

Even to stay healthy

 

We compete for education

We compete to be religious

Compete for our sexuality,

Even for public housing

 

We compete against our neighbors

We compete to have rights

Compete for our children—

Just to have a basic civilian life

 

We compete as husbands and wives

Single mothers— fathers

As hard as we work,

We’re forced to work harder

 

Every day we compete

So many sleepless nights

So many stressful days

 

If you don’t want to work

Don’t expect to get paid

Take it or leave it

 

Yes! It’s minimum wage

 

This America has no place for

Beggars nor choosers

You’re either the winner or loser

 

Compete!

Compete!

Compete!

It’s all we ever do

 

Dear Congress,

And Mr. President too,

Don’t you know this America—

Even has to compete with you

 

 From the book” Writers of Words