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David Huddle: America Gave Us

Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong

Abraham Lincoln, Barrack Obama,

Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Loyd Wright,

George Gershwin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan.


They would have achieved greatness anyway,

but the nation, the land, the lamentable

and grand history gave them subject matter,

lasting hurt, joy, sadness, possibility.


It made them who and what they were.  And now

it has given us–all of us!–Donald Trump,

wounded boy who can’t grow up, American brat

bound to punish us all for what we’ve become.

Copyright 2019 David Huddle

David Huddle’s ninth poetry collection, My Surly Heart, will appear from LSU Press later this year.

4 comments on “David Huddle: America Gave Us

  1. Patricia A. Nugent
    April 25, 2019

    Reminds me of Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Lists can send a powerful message. Ironically, I misread the title to be “America Gave Up,” which may be the same thing as electing DJT. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tricia Knoll
    April 25, 2019

    One woman in a list of eleven.

    Liked by 2 people

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