Fears

I dare you to wave our flag, Old Glory,
over the guns that murdered school children.

Their bodies are not the pinnacle of Mount Suribachi.
Elementary and High Schools are not star spangled Fort McHenry.

Bump stock AR-fifteens. Max-capacity ammo clips.
Teflon coated cop-killer bullets. Red dot laser sighting.

I dare you to wave our flag, Old Glory,
over the guns that murdered school children.

Oh, how it rallies the fallen’s parents
to man the political battle lines against your insane fears.


copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney

POSTSCRIPT

For those of you who don’t know, Mount Suribachi is the mountain on Iwo Jima. The reference is to the Iwo Jima flag raising monument at Arlington National Cemetery. It is known as The Marine Corp Memorial.

National Park Service website for Fort McHenry.

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