America: The Shadow of Your Smile

A poem by Michael Ingmire

America, America, I no longer see your smile
Not even it’s shadow
Your smile no longer lights up the dawn
You are like a song lyric about a lost love

Your smile is hidden behind cloth
Your personality has been diminished by fear
The memories of your children are no longer innocent nor unblemished

What legacy are you leaving to your children, America?
Why are there no visible smiles, no handshakes?
Why are we framed by a series of unwanted injections?
Is there to be no contact, no freedom, no more friendships?

If our history is forgotten and our hearts are hidden,
Who remains to do God’s bidding?

We must continue to embrace love and resist tyranny
God welcomes rebellion stated firmly in his name
We will rebel against all that is of the Devil, both foreign and domestic
We will resist, as our faith will never allow us to forget the one true God
God, the Father, who remains “I Am”

I remain vigilant in my belief in Jesus as Savior
I await his return as I share the lighting of a welcoming lamp

We will follow Jesus as we help to overturn the tables
The tables where our Government believes their own delusions
Government, who think that they have become the temple of our beliefs
Government, who creates cowards
Government, who is the beast with three numbers

I will continue to resist in the name of Jesus
As Christians, we must remain active shepherds against false prophets
We must become the teachers and comforters of fearful sheep
Our responsibility is to those who remain faithful and to those seeking faith

America, reminds me now of Israel during the time of Isaiah
Troubled, sinful, divided
We must now present our lives before Christ, everyday
Now, more than ever, is the time to live for Christ
To live by his word and example

As we breathe together carefully during this time of trouble, we pause

Psalms 62:8 “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us, Selah”

Michael Ingmire

Michael Ingmire, is a musician, writer, commentator, activist and author based in North Carolina. As a musician he has shared stages with artists like John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Dr. Mac Arnold, Wilson Pickett, Allen Ginsberg, Kenny Neal, Bob Margolin, among many. Michael's work is available for listening or purchase at under Michael Wolf Ingmire. Since the death of his nephew, Sean Smith, in the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, Michael’s writing has taken on a strong political edge. He has previously written about Benghazi extensively for The Daily Caller and Starting in September 2015, Michael has been a consistent contributor to Politichicks, writing about, political, musical, and social topics. His article, “Benghazi: A Tale of Two Reports,” closes out the chapter on Islam in the collection, “Politichicks: A Clarion Call to Political Activism.”

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