For the People

You locked away our fate in ink

supplied by the blood of

your children and theirs;

signing their souls away

before they could make a choice,

their lives governed by rules decided

by people they will never know,

never meet,

only see in schoolbooks

and on screens that you

will never see.

You had the best intentions,

intending the best for the people

you had to protect

and this land you love-

most people love you for it.

But good will means nothing

in the face of those in power now,

who took what you built

from sweat and blood

and use it with greed to serve no one

but themselves,

who grapple for

supremacy and power,

and not for the people

who put them there.

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