america on the rocks — again

can mask a multitude of sins

can conceal mountains of hate

can highlight the lines between
these people and those people

ignorance is bliss
in a nation divided

america on the rocks—again
from the whisky rebellion to twenty-nineteen
and beyond tomorrow

a multitude of sins
mountains of hate
lines of division
america on the rocks—again

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.