Flags

I toss and turn

images etched onto my corneas

of your torches

your flags

symbols

of hate

It is the confidence

pride

with which you carry these symbols

that haunts me

No need to hide your identity

in this New America

led by a madman

who values nothing but himself

content to let

this country burn

as long as his ego remains stroked

as long as he can feed off power

chaos

like a succubi

until his belly is full

 

But we forget

he is insatiable

 

You feel comfortable

justified

to openly express your hate

your rage

your outrage

about all you believe you have lost

been denied

the war the history books declared over 152 years ago

still rages in your hearts

simmered and stewed across generations

you raise your hand in Nazi salute

believing your time

has finally come

in this cultural war you deem holy

 

I am awake now

hair standing up on my arms

dis-ease gnawing at my belly

chilled to the bone

 

Image of the Ku Klux Klan courtesy of the The Israel Times

© 2017 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All rights Reserved

 

10 thoughts on “Flags

      1. Yes, I totally feel that. I’m in the UK so we’re slightly detached from it all, but it’s absolutely repugnant to me that this happened. I can’t imagine how you feel except that you wrote it so well. X

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  1. As the kids say, zero lies detected here.

    Like you, I am sickened by what’s happening. I’m a black man and a Navy Vet. I served 6 years, and this weekend has me feeling like a complete idiot. I don’t even want to leave the house anymore.

    Thank you for sharing your truth here and validating my worth. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    I’m crying. Thank you.

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    1. Honestly Barry, this did not even begin to express my sadness, incredulous and rage over what happened this weekend. What have we come to as a country when neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are opening marching on college campuses in Virginia?! And our president doesn’t condemn that forcefully?! If one more Trump supporter tells me I am a snowflake I am going to scream. Wrong is wrong. Hatred is wrong. Racism is wrong. And a president who make neo Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan feel comfortable marching the streets of Charllotesville, VA and then lays equal blame on the counter protesters about getting mowed down by a white supremacist in car is wrong and an outrage. Sorry– I’ll get off my soapbox now.

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