“Countries” Are Not Needed Anymore

©2019 by Alice Walker

 
“Countries” are not needed anymore.
They were formed
To govern the flow of goods:
Humans, Cattle
Oil
Bananas
And Gold.
Mostly gold.
And now they are disappearing.
Look at a few of those
Near you.
They thought they were
Real countries;
They thought
They would last forever.
They had a song, they had a state house,
they had a flag.
They may have some of those things still
But they are in tatters:
And graves
Of Presidents
Are being robbed.
 
What do we learn?
 
Give up all hope
Of being anything,
Eternally, except perhaps
Nonbeing
As who or what you are
now.

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