The eyes of men behold
A torn and bloodied flag
They lied unto themselves
That it was more than just a rag.
You satisfy its thirst for blood
Not theirs per se, but yours
And gladly will you die
In endless, senseless wars.
Unfurl that hated symbol
Of the oppressed and of the dead
Pledge allegiance to your slavery
Upon your blood, that flag is fed.
Salute the stars and stripes
But know what it is you do.
Those stars are bombs and drones
And the stripes are a slave’s tattoo.
Its tattered tales of glory
Are shredded by the truth
And as its seams are ripped apart
You feed to it, your youth.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland
Keep feeding a symbol that stands for stolen lands and lashed backs and for the spilled blood of all the other innocent human beings that have been murdered, all over a lie! The lie IS America! This country was never about freedom and democracy and justice. Look at its history. When has freedom, democracy and justice ever reigned in this hell hole? It never has. You are fed patriotic bullshit. You are made to stand and salute a tattered and bloodied symbol that symbolizes everything that his country stands for; rape, genocide, torture, war crimes, hypocrisy, enslavement and all things vile, obscene and barbaric. There has never been one shred of decency that IS or WAS or WILL ever be America. Salute that blood stained and tattered shit of a flag, if you will, but count me the hell out! I spit on it!