Written during the 2016 presidential elections, which were one of the most challenging 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 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 and 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 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 writing a poem every day until the elections. This book compiles these 53 poems 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.