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To Kneel or Stand, Why Does It Matter?

Poetry is the food of the soul. It's my greatest contribution to the world and an area I can always grow.

Let me get this straight

I stand for my country

But kneel to my God

So are the kneeling players

Trying to be closer to God

Or are the standing ones

Putting their country first

And their God second

Or nowhere at all

And are these huge stadiums

Churches or parade grounds

Where kneelers pray

And patriots salute

Then there is the locked arms thing

Stating solidarity

But to which loyalty

Is one nation under God

A fact or a fantasy

Or worded incorrectly

Should it be

Something different altogether

White lines measure yards

Boards that keep the score

Sticks keeping downs

How do we measure


Do the paychecks of millionaires

Dressed in advertisements

Under the yoke of their owners

Help us to decide

Whether we salute a flag

Or worship

God Money

© 2017 Ralph Schwartz