i hereby resign

my position as US citizen

i hand in my passport and

social security card–i faked them anyway–

that smile on the photograph

is actually a grimace, because this

isn’t my country tis of thee

it’s somewhere i’ve never been and I don’t

recognize this constitution

it was signed long ago by men now dead

this place is wasting away

and as much as I try to dig my roots in, water this dust

with my tears and sweat, it’s not enough

never enough

for you, hard stern mother-country

i don’t know how to hold you

and you own me without

even knowing my real name, so just take

back my citizenship, this number

you gave me

at birth. i never really earned it anyway

and you have no idea what I’m worth.

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