Its freedom, centuries ago, from mighty European Masters.
“All men are created equal,”
Quoted the free nation’s Declaration of Independence.
But those words remained eternally hollowed.
Originally stolen from Africa for slavery,
Black citizens were freed by “Honest Abe”, taking a bullet in head.
Burdened with poverty and inequality, blacks remained inferior.
Racism allowed lynching, race-riots and massacres
George Floyd, the last victim just rolled in his grave.
Overseas, the nation had immersed in faraway wars
From Vietnam to Afghanistan, bringing misery in those lands.
But, this year’s festivities will celebrate
Voting out an empathetic, classless, repugnant wannabe dictator
Bringing hope and faith in a democracy for the rest of the world.