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Old 10-05-2004, 07:45 PM   #1
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"I Have Grown up in the Bright Light of America"

Written tonight after the VP debates...

“I Have Grown up in the Bright Light of America”

I have grown up in the bright light of America.
But now that light is flickering…

--Sen. John Edwards, 10/5/04


As a child in Pennsylvania, I made pictures
from plastic pegs, thrust through black construction paper patterns
and backlit to form illuminated images
of clowns and balloons, rainbows and stars.

Now, in this same precinct, I remember
when I would have thought
that a swing state would be New Jersey paved over with playgrounds,
or that flip-flops were just cheap sandals to wear in July.

I, too, grew up in America’s bright light, brought to me
by General Electric and Underwriters’ Laboratories.
I did not question it. I knew
that light came from the sky and from beneath my mother’s pleated lampshades,

and had no reason to believe that either one would fail.
You and I know differently now—
that we can put out the sun with a few renegade atoms,
or by our myopia and greed we can darken even our homes.

“We deserve better,” you say. I hope that you are right.
I hope that someday my child will, as I once did, believe
that America’s bright light is
a wildly colored bunch of flowers, a neon puppy, a fluorescent lollipop.
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:27 AM   #2
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Very good.
The "neon puppy" worries me a bit, though - I think of genetic modification.

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