Updated on March 3, 2018
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Larry Rankin, an experiened writer, enjoys creative writing in all forms, from literary to mainstream.

Inspiration for the Poem

This poem is in response to the current definition of the word Patriotic, which recently has been changed to mean ignorant, close-minded, and cowardly.

The word Patriodd has been coined here as a new term to encompass the old meaning of Patriotic: free-thinking, open-minded, and brave.


As the Author Intended the Poem to Look

Below is a photo of the poem "i am PATRIODD" as the author intended it to look visually.


"i am PATRIODD" Hubpages Version

I am patriodd. I think. I am not blind.

I am patriodd. I believe in what this world can be. I know it has never been great and therefore cannot be great again--only great for the very first time.

I am patriodd. I pray for the safety of troops and the destruction of the impotent old men putting them in harm's way.

I am patriodd. So I fly the flag upside down and kneel where others stand.
If I did not care, I would put my hand over my heart and pretend.

I will not be a coward. I will not be a casualty of convention. I am strong. I am brave. I am patriodd

I am patriodd. I don't recognize appointed racists. I don't support sexist pigs. I reject innocents killing one another for HIS amusement.


I am patriodd. And sometimes faith is sterility--vanquisher of established culture--and questions the breeders of life.

I am patriodd. I still care. I won't leave because I still care. I won't shut up because I still care.

It may be that this thing that is happening will happen no matter--but it will not happen because of me!

Rather I parish here attempting to cure the illness that has gripped the rest than succumbing or running away from it, because I am patriodd!


I am utterly alone, because it is a more social, inviting place this day and--I fear--for many yet to come.


As Read by the Authur


Should Patriotism continue to mean exclusion, hatred, narrow-mindedness, and cowardice?

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© 2018 Larry Rankin


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      Jack Shorebird 4 days ago from Southeastern U.S.

      I am also PATRIODD. Where the hell do they sell the bumper stickers?

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      Larry Rankin 5 days ago from Oklahoma

      Jill: when something is wrong, sometimes resistance is all you have at your disposal.

      When enough people say, "This is normal! This is normal!" Over and over again, sometimes it's hard to keep a grasp on the true reality.

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      Larry Rankin 5 days ago from Oklahoma

      Monte: thanks so much for the concise and thoughtful response.

      I'm glad you found the work relevant.

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      Jill Spencer 10 days ago from United States

      Awesome, Larry: resist.

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      MONTE ARMSTRONG 11 days ago

      I was impressed with the writers ability bring emotion to pen and deliver it it unabashed FROM the heart.

      The subject matter though relevant and and contemporary ,is timeless and can be contemplated for generations to come as a well as in antiquity. The Word patriot in and of it's self is an incubator to ambiguous interpretation.

      I look forward to seeing more of this writers work . I believed he has a lot to say that should be said about the human condition

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      Larry Rankin 12 days ago from Oklahoma

      Bill: too much divide and conquer. With collective effort, truly collective effort where we are all heard, things couldn't have ever possibly gotten to this.

      Too few people being allowed to wag the dog.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Larry Rankin 12 days ago from Oklahoma

      Heidi: yes I actually drew it!:-) It's my best work to date. I have limited artistic skill. Took me around 20 hours, because I kept having to develop techniques to accommodate my limited art skills, lol.

      Thanks so much for the kind words, friend.

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      Larry Rankin 12 days ago from Oklahoma

      Linda: I always appreciate and value your feedback. I'm glad the poem carried some meaning for you.

      I didn't even think of the other destruction when I used the term. Just want their influence taken away, and the vindictive part of me wants a dunce cap put on their head and their nose shoved in the corner;-)

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      Larry Rankin 12 days ago from Oklahoma

      Nikki: exactly! And never does that involve just assuming what is being done has been done in our best interests as a country.

      Thanks so much for dropping by.

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      Larry Rankin 12 days ago from Oklahoma

      FlourishAnyway: so many things taken away. I like to avoid terms like left and right when I can, but sometimes it's hard.

      Get far enough either direction and you run into trouble, but recently it's the far right.

      This redefining is interesting to me. Like the following logic regarding the National Anthem: "it is a military song and if you kneel that means you hate the people who protect us."

      That logic is wrong on every level. It's all of our song to commemorate being an American citizen. As such, it is a perfect venue to protest, and such a protest, especially when doing something respectful and symbolic like taking a knee, does not necessarily directly reflect on the military, and even if it does, it probably isn't directed at the troops but those figureheads who are endangering the troops.

      Thanks so much for dropping by.

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      Larry Rankin 12 days ago from Oklahoma

      Chris: that was just beautifully put, my friend. You have a way of summing things up that is just wonderful.

      It's not just military and force, it's not just the rest of us. It's all of us having ownership here and all of us having a right or even a patriotic duty to either agree or disagree.

      Thanks so much for dropping by.

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      Heidi Thorne 12 days ago from Chicago Area

      Wonderfully said! Love the playing card. I'm guessing you drew that. Thanks for sharing your insight and talents with us!

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      Linda Crampton 12 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poem is powerful and thought provoking, Larry. I don't wish for the literal destruction of anyone involved in the situation, but the destruction of their influence would be wonderful. Your new word and its meaning should be adopted far and wide.

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      Bill Holland 13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done, Larry! I love Chris's comment as well....we can...we must...come together or we all lose.

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      Nikki Khan 13 days ago from London

      A wonderful poem and message is amazing too as being Patriotic is very necessary to love, respect, defend and to fight for the betterment of your country.

      Bless you.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 days ago from USA

      The word has been hijacked by the far right. I liked your message and your poem. Keep creating, Larry.

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      Chris Mills 13 days ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      This is a good message, Larry, and thought provoking. The idea, concept, even the word Patriot, has been taken from the great number who deserve it and redefined for the few who believe the only form of bravery and patriotism is when one wears, or stands behind (very far behind) those who wear a military uniform. It takes all of us to build a great country and world. Great poem and message.