If yesterday’s poem zoomed in on current events, and traced a through line in history, today’s piece by Daniel Olsson shows how that history, forgotten or ignored, seeps into today.

Blinded by Bitterness

 Shallow in the sands of shame,
 Meaner with memory of might,
 My nation danced with the songs of sin,
 My people were blinded by bitter sight…
 We killed the inclusive innocent,
 We froze children in the cold,
 We witnessed death by paralyzing police,
 We had no children left to hold…
 What does old master have to say?
 No award for fate of finishing the song,
 To worship a flag while crying at an anthem,
 Our conservative half could do no wrong….
 I cried for the people living in the past,
 Artificial muscles with disposable spines,
 This country was a true coloring book,
 They were too scared to draw within the lines… 

©Daniel Olsson – 2021


Daniel Olsson is a poet from Bloomington, Indiana who has been writing poetry for the past eight years. Daniel’s writing revolves around contemporary society, including the topics of economic inequality, environmental justice, social issues and international relations. He can be found on Instagram and Tumblr as @apoeticcookie


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