Merced, 2019: Turmoil within a Divided Nation

Samantha Shapiro

(UC) Merced, 2019 – Based on London, 1802 by William Wordsworth

From Project Gutenberg (1)




Wordsworth! thou are not living at this time:
Merced is in need of thee: she is a lost
In stagnant swamps: undrained, lied-to and double-crossed,
Wildfires, ignited populace at its prime,
Rain through student belief in a torrential shower
Of hopeful change. We are selfish men;
Oh! raise us up in your words, return to us again;
And expose the answers we seek through political power
Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart:
Thou hadst art whose sound was like the sea:
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,
And as you travelled on life’s common way,
Divided as us, though to impart
The questions that we have today.

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2 thoughts on “Merced, 2019: Turmoil within a Divided Nation

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  2. I really enjoyed reading your blog post. The thing I liked the most was that you focused on Merced. It’s something that makes the poem really relatable since we’re all going to school in the city. It makes your poem more accessible and relatable to the students who read it. An improvement I would suggest would be to add more description that way there is more backstory and context to those who read your poem who are not in or from Merced.


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