Fair Share

We are not being dragged down

By people on welfare
Food stamps
Economic assistance

Nor by immigrants
Taking jobs
So none are left
For us

Nor by efforts
To help the homeless
Or to provide a living wage
To hard-working people

We’re not being dragged down at all

We’re being held down
By those seeking to hoard wealth
By avoiding carrying their share
Of providing for those among us in need

It’s an “I’ve got mine” attitude
Without regard for those with less
A sense of privilege
That equates with oppression and deprivation

We do not ask
For an arbitrary redistribution of wealth
But rather simply
That all members of our community
Our Nation, our World
Contribute their fair share
To lifting up those less fortunate
So that all may enjoy economic security
Self determination
And the opportunity to live free and prosper

For is not such liberty
The very essence of the American Dream?

Mike Turner is a retired member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service. He served a 27-year career as a law enforcement professional in the Departments of Defense, Treasury, Homeland Security and Commerce. In retirement, Turner has had a second career as an award-winning songwriter and poet. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Dissident Voice. He can be contacted at www.MikeTurnerSongwriter.com. Read other articles by Mike.