A Poem by Dr. Barry Lubetkin / New York City
I lived through Vietnam and did not weep
when my lottery number was called.
I lived through Nixon’s Watergate
and did not weep
when the criminal was pardoned
and escaped steel bars and an orange shirt.
I did not weep when the Towers came down
and I breathed in human remains,
volunteering near the pile.
Today I wept.
I wept for a profoundly divided America.
An America that I love.
I wept for a Supreme Court
gone mad with political power,
demeaning women who for 50 years
believed that they owned their own bodies.
I wept for a future
when angry young men and women
will solve sidewalk arguments
with pistols strapped to their hips.
I wept for a government
populated by sociopaths and cowards,
who would grind their sacred oaths
into the dirt of our Capitol.
I wept for a brewing civil war
and for those who will foment
and welcome one.
My sadness has exhausted me,
my anger has depleted me,
and in the end, I wept for myself.
Barry Lubetkin, Ph.D. is the co-director and co-founder of the Institute for Behavior Therapy in New York City. The Institute for Behavior Therapy is the oldest private cognitive behavior center in the United States.