Written during the 2016 presidential elections which were one of the most difficult times of American politics, Poems for America faces off with the civil unrest that swept throughout the county. Americans experienced a deep unsettling divide of racism, ideology and political intolerance. All of this and the noticeable absence of statesmanship among most of our leaders. With the rise of mindsets coupled with the lack of civility, the reaction through our nation became a display of daily chaos. This manifested through riots, divisive words, and in some cases, it became deadly for many. Each poem confronts this low point in our nation with the hope to rekindle the simple power of mercy towards others as we we would want to be shown towards ourselves.
William Owens witnessed this and was moved to write a poem on September 14, 2016 entitled “America In Trouble”. He then followed with “Prayer as an American”. The poems continued to flow. He therefore committed to write a poem everyday until the elections. This book is a compilation of these 53 poem with a few bonus poems added. You will see this season of America through the eyes of a poet who loves God, country and his fellow neighbor.
The theme of each poem is expressed in the subtitle of this book, A resurgence of a fearless return to God and Faith.