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Black Lives Matter rally in Providence, June 5, 2020; photo credit: Small Frye Photography

America 

A-M-E-R-I-C-A, America 

Noun

From the Italian Amerigo 

which itself is from the German Amalric or Heimrich 

meaning “work ruler” or “home ruler”

America 

Noun 

From the English America 

meaning conflict 

    conflict with England 

      with Spain 

      with Mexico  

      with France  

      with Africa  

      with natives 

      with itself 

America 

Noun 

From the American 

meaning equality 

    freedom 

    liberty & justice for all 

      for all white male landowners 

Not women 

Not people of color 

Not the homeless 

Just white 

      male 

  landowners 

America 

Noun 

From the human 

meaning change 

    change the way we think 

    the way we rule 

    the way we represent 

    the way we live 

    the way we all live 

America

Noun 

meaning potential 

    potential achievement 

                potential growth 

    potential to be the best possible version of you 

America 

meaning 

      the best possible version of you 

America, 

where is the best possible version of you?

when will you reach your potential?

when will you grow?

when will you change?

when will you achieve liberty & justice for all?

when will the conflict end?

when will you stop fighting with yourself?

            with the world?

            with The Universe?

when will you live & let live? 

when will you love thy neighbor?

when will you realize that anyone 

              that everyone can be an American?

when will you know 

what America means?

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