As I youth,
I attended services at
And went to Hebrew School
At Congregation Rodef Shalom.
In young adulthood,
I encountered some serious Mental Health Problems.
At this time,
I studied Buddhism
And attended religious services
At Denver Tri-State Buddhist Temple,
Which is part of the Jodo Shinshu sect
That originated in Japan.
I recall that Sensei Eijun Kujo
Told me that SHAME is considered to be a GOOD thing
In Japanese Culture.
This view lies IN CONTRAST,
To the Teachings of Dr. Brene Brown,
Who sees Shame as a PROBLEM
And views GUILT
As more therapeutic.
I don't really feel "guilty" about anything right now.
I feel ASHAMED that the United States
Has a President like Donald Trump,
Who has shown SO LITTLE EMPATHY
For the suffering people of Puerto Rico!
I feel ashamed that the UNITED STATES
Has allowed a man to become President
Who EXHIBITS so many mental health problems
But REFUSES to allow himself to be evaluated
By any sort of Mental Health Professional.
I feel ashamed of how the CULTURE of the United States
Is being degraded and eroded
By President Donald Trump
And his Authoritarian Clique.
Are normally proud
Of our beautiful National Parks
As well as our Diverse Cultural Legacy.
Music, Culture and the Arts
Are things that bring Americans together,
But President Donald Trump cares NOTHING
All he is interested in the "Bottom Line"
Even if the Murder of Innocent People
In places like Yemen is part of the "profit margin".
I must say
That I feel ASHAMED to be an American right now.
My Grandparents came here
To flee War and Persecution in Europe,
And I know of no other country as my Home,
But I'm really feeling DISGUSTED right now