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American Sadness

A Poem by Dr. Barry Lubetkin / New York City


Protestors outside of the Supreme Court on Friday after it was announced that Roe v. Wade had been overturned
Protestors outside of the Supreme Court after it was announced that Roe v. Wade had been overturned

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.

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