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Patriotism



I pledge allegiance to independence.
Try to sell me a flag
and I will give you a flame.
Your anthem is tired and trite
and I've found a hundred thousand
better songs to sing.
Neighbors are fine.
Strangers, too, are cool.
I elect to laugh at tribal posturing.
Mention war and I'll fight you.
How did you get a heart
made of soiled cash?
You may resent my protest,
but let me present my ass.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.