This Land Is Your Land Revisited


Written by Ari Bouse



This land is your land, this land is my land

From California, to the New York island

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me.

This land is your land, this land is my land

From our Lost Wages to the stock exchange

From the cookie cutter suburbs to the water treatment plants

This land was made for my SUV.

This land is your land, this land is my land

From corporate propaganda to the Woodstock Nation

From the self-evident truths to expanded consciousness

This land was made for Liberty.

This land is your land, this land is my land

From crafty politicians to fortune telling

From intellectual constructs to intuitive understanding

This land was made for reciprocity.

This land is your land, this land is my land

From telepathic communication to respecting diversity

From free for service economies to dreaming a New Dream collectively

This land was made for Aquarian Unity.



Text © Ari Bouse



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5 Responses to “This Land Is Your Land Revisited”

  1. Ari Joshua Bouse

    I really appreciate the diversity of comments thus far. Also, I thought readers might be interested to hear that Woodie Guthrie’s spirit inspired this poem, if that wasn’t already obvious. Also, I feel moved to acknowledge that the complexities of my own ancestry, as well as the universal plight of living on colonized land that was taken from Indigenous People, is not without its paradoxical tension of opposites that we work with everyday. It isn’t easy to reconcile and while it seems implicit, sometimes it’s important to speak up on such mixed-emotional complexities in the spirit of authenticity.

  2. Ari Joshua Bouse

    Thank you Edge of Humanity Magazine for publishing this poem. And Patrick Cole’s comment is especially appreciated. He’s quite the poet and writer himself. What an amazing online community here!

  3. Patrick Cole

    “This land was made for reciprocity”. Love this! Ari Bouse has a compassionate wit that draws you in and sends you out with a smile. Thank you, thank you!

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