Nice. I like. It's powerful in few lines, something I envy the ability to write. I really like the third and fourth lines, and I think the way "veiled" and "cake" don't match, logically. It adds to the realization that the American innocence is illogically shielding oppression that occurs behind the curtains in everyday life. Or at least, that's how I infer it.
good start, though the image isn't quite clearveil vs. cake .... cake, no matter thin doesn't veil ... you need something differentkansas will always make me think of dorothy corn and rolling fields of purity ... so i see where you're going with bitter irony of bigotry, but it doesn't work for me ... if it were me, i'd try playing with the lines to throw the reader off ... something like:This is KansasPure and staidThin white icing hides ironBigotrythis is only my suggestion ... you have in your own words got a good start on what could be a great poem
Well stated, though I disagree with your conclusion.
kansas? innocent? BAH.
I wanted more...another 5 lines, please.
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