Sunday, July 5, 2015

Flags in the USA

We use flags to stand for 
that which we stand for:
family, team, town, country, 

corporation . . . even God.
We have a right to our flags
but the rub comes when the right

of display rubs up against 
another’s right to be free
of the harms of bigotry.

Context and consequence, 
next to motive and manner, 
do seem to govern our flags.

Our War of Independence
was won, so the  Stars and Stripes
wave over our nation’s pride—

and past: of ethnic cleansing
and slavery and abuse of 
women and minorities. 

Our most precious symbols are a mélange.

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