Mark I. Kirkmeyer

PATRIOTISM

Propaganda
Of late it has been
all of the talk
Patriotism
to walk the walk
Patriotic talk
is the in thing
Wrap up in the flag
pretend to sing
Patriotism
the nation’s heart

Than to stand and say
it’s a lot more;
More than thumping chest
fly flag from door
More than finger point
taking sides divide
Patriotism
the nation’s heart

Willing to give life
for good of all
sole dedication
answer the call
to save and protect
freedom for all
an unfortunate
I recall
Patriotism
the nation’s heart

Patriotism
is declared
Those victorious
other’s error
Washington hero?
Colonists’ won
Washington treason?
Monarchy has won.
Patriotism
the nation’s heart

Lee was a hero?
Southern States won
Lee is a traitor?
Northern States won
Kerry is a hero:
He served and saved.
Kerry is a traitor:
aided the enemy
Patriotism
the nation’s heart

Patriotism
a two edged sword
Cuts for deep evil
Fanatic Chord
Cuts for greater good
Unite Nation
Patriotism
Unleash Passion
Patriotism
the nation’s heart

Author’s Note: As I look at Patriotism I see a two headed dragon. Hitler used patriotism to condone death camps. On the other hand, Rosy the Riveter was a patriot. Patriotism is the opiate of the masses during war. So there is my poem.