What Flag for America?: A Poem

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Like a bunch of spoiled and capricious kids

we raise our voices as in out of tune song

each asking for respect of our own needs

and each making our demanding strong.


On this tag of war we seem to be thriving

with a dark passion so resembling a hate

and looking more like drifting than arriving

to a good prediction of this country's fate.


With democracy turning into saddening farce

merciless dictating seems to be new norm

like everyone has fallen down from Mars

perpetuating this crazy political storm.


No one seems to listen to the reason

each firmly sticking to their affiliation

but there is no bigger act of treason

than weakening the spirit of a nation.


Election colors of red and blue

can't really belong to the same flag

with all this dividing and hateful brew

everybody is making it just a colorful rag.


Could people look for a common goal

instead of only seeing what pulls them apart

so that their flag regains its two-color proud soul

waving over some cool heads with something like heart.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      2 months ago from Canada

      Doris---I totally agree with your comment, with an addition of those two colors coinciding with election colors and these days giving a peculiar significance to " unity, freedom, and democracy" that's symbolized by the flag.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 months ago

      Well, as long as we treat it like it's just a colorful rag, that will be all it is. At one time we were taught to pledge allegiance to it, respect it, and follow protocols in dealing with it, such as raising, lowering, and burning an old tattered one. We were taught never to let a flag touch the ground, and what to do if one accidentally did. One would have never thought of wearing a T-shirt or baseball cap depicting it or burning it out of disrespect. As the old saying goes, "We get what we pay for."

      So why make such a to do over a Confederate flag if a flag has little or no meaning? Hypocrisy, thy name is us. Good thoughts, Val.

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