Is Our Flag Submissive?
Accused of imperialism in a world
Of despot regimes and increasing
One superpower remains
The flag blows stiff and hard in the crisp winter
wooden staff standing proud and accepting the cold
slaps of air
with exhilaration and indefinite wait
the rope jerks and breaks
the flag begins to droop
the wind begins to howl
Proud and erect the flag flies again
waiting for liberties to be taken and
public indignities to be forced upon it
for all of the humiliations
Flag still stands ...