I’ll wear my patriotic shirt
On a scorching July day
Red, white, and blue displayed
In the shape of a flag, hurray!
RED for valor and strength
Although these days it seems
That bluster and lies have replaced those
The further right we lean.
And WHITE for innocence and purity
Even as we confine kids to cages
Perhaps white stands for blindness now
As we ignore their desperate faces.
BLUE for justice and perseverance–
Justice for whom? Perseverance in what?
When our courts favor a select few
And our system leaves some to rot.
Let freedom ring, we cry
The Stars and Stripes salute
But a kneeling man is chastised
His freedom of speech is moot
I know my verse is lacking, y’all, and I’ll never be a true poet. But my country is hurting right now. And worse, we’re hurting innocents. I’ll celebrate the 4th, but not with a blind eye to the atrocities we’re committing.