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Tuesday, July 03, 2007


by Mary Saracino

Declare your independence from iniquitous

leaders who commute jail time

into a loyal good-ole-boy slap on the wrist,

who circumvent truth to reign un-reined,

who muddy facts to perpetrate power,

instill fear, control the future,

who close their ears to the beating of their own hearts,

avert their eyes from the human suffering that ensues,

who deny global warming and endanger life on Earth,

who brandish independent thought as unpatriotic,

and misinterpret democracy as the rule of the few

no matter what the voices of the many proclaim.

Mary Saracino is a novelist, poet and memoir writer who lives in Denver, CO. Her most recent novel, The Singing of Swans, was a 2007 Lambda Literary Awards finalist. For more information visit or