Echoes

June 28, 2013 

i am

watching

you

watch

me

watch

you

watching

me

while

we

watch

them

watching

us

and thus

everyone

becomes

a spy

the enemy

being

everywhere

at work

on streets

in stores

around our

neighborhoods

maintain

surveillance

constantly

trust

none

suspect

many

as potential

security

threats

failure

to report

suspicions

will result

in being

suspicious

of you

so toe

the line

live

afraid

never

disagree

that denotes

disloyalty

let information

flow

remain

tightly

controlled

i guess

it is necessary

to keep us

safe

how did

those

fifty six

insurgents

ever reach

philadelphia

and sign

that declaration

igniting

a revolutions

sweet liberty

to fuss

discuss

tolerate

and remain

together

walking

the rocky

road

toward

freedom

and justice

for

pledge

it again

all

h.

Hubert Neth, a United Methodist pastor, has been contributing to the Journal for more than 20 years.

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