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America is on Life Support; Prognosis Poor

America is on Life Support; Prognosis Poor

Lisa Rawson

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Our beloved Democracy is being tested
Peaceful protestors are being gassed and arrested
We are in a nasty Covid -19 Pandemic
With healthcare problems that run deep and are systemic

Our politicians are not worthy of our trust
Our police and economic systems are far from just
How memorable is this summer of 2020
Wearing face masks and hand washing are key

To keeping healthy and not spreading disease
We must bury our face in our elbow when we sneeze
Our Democracy can not breathe
Our Uninsured and hard working minorities and immigrants are being forced to leave

Is there anywhere safe to go?
The answer is a resounding NO
Why are so many Americans full of hate?
Our diversity and unity is that which makes America great

Racism, sexism and inequality are universally wrong
Let’s turn this around and write a new song
One that allows everyone to know they belong
Before all the good accomplishments we had are gone

Forgiveness and generosity with healing for all
Respect and kindness are the medicine for America stand tall
To lead this world into 2021 and beyond
We must stop police brutality and all that we know is wrong

So everyone in America can feel safe and breathe again
Let’s welcome in a new era where ALL are friends
United we stand undivided with liberty and justice for all
We need peace on earth so let’s stop building more walls

Life in the Time of Corona

Within weeks after March 11, 2020 World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, West Florida Literary Federation offered its writers a catharsis. By April, regional writers were submitting words and images to preserve this time in history. The ongoing project began with Phase I, a special edition of The Legend published in May. It featured more than thirty juried submissions. Life in the Time of Corona continues with Phase II, updated as submissions are accepted. Here are the voices of health care workers, poets, essayists, historians, and the images of artists and photographers, documenting this time in Northwest Florida's history. The ongoing project ends with the advent of a vaccine or declaration by the World Health Organization.

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