i am PATRIODD
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 ACTUALLY BELIEVE IN A SOMETHING! I CARE!!!
I am utterly alone, because it is a more social, inviting place this day and--I fear--for many yet to come.
I AM PATRIODD!!!
As Read by the Authur
Should Patriotism continue to mean exclusion, hatred, narrow-mindedness, and cowardice?
© 2018 Larry Rankin