Christina A. Sharik


Standing up to the fatboys
with the lily-white faces
could be dangerous

But I think, no more dangerous
than the times you have already seen

when you lived the
prejudice and
fought the war

when we hoped those
times would be no more.

If I scratched the surface
of this place where I live now
it would become quite clear
that I would also hear some nasty words
when I reached in for my beer.
The words make me cringe
could lead me to a beer-drenched binge.

A Response inspired by the poem, “T-Shirt Patriots” ~ ©Copyright April 8, 2005 by Lou J. Klaiber