Thought I’d diverge from my normal format. I’ve been working on this project for some time now, one reason for my lengthy absence. In our current, troubled times, I was musing over the meaning of Patriotism so I’d try my hand at some free verse. I would NOT characterize myself as a poet, but thought a departure from the norm would be refreshing as well as intellectually stimulating. Special thanks go out to the good people of the Trends Like These Fan Group, who I solicited for their own definitions of patriotism; as it would be the height of arrogance to define patriotism in a vacuum on my own…so, to those among the Group that may be reading this: Thank you.

I AM A PATRIOT

I am a Patriot

People with hate in their heart

They tell me what patriotism is…

I’m told patriotism is loyalty.

I’m told patriotism is partisan.

I’m told patriotism is safety.

I’m told patriotism is our history.

I’m told patriotism is to make us “Great Again.”

I’m told patriotism is putting our country first.

I’m told patriotism is to close a door on the world.

I’m told patriotism is prosperity.

This is not Patriotism!

I am a Patriot

Patriotism is openness.

Patriotism is welcoming the World into your home.

Patriotism is celebrating the rainbow.

Patriotism exalts diversity and innovation.

Patriotism is about our communities;

Being LOCAL and GLOBAL.

I am a Patriot

Patriotism is Self-Awareness.

Patriotism is to live a life with open eyes.

Patriotism is to always question;

To stand up against oppression,

To Stand up against hatred and bigotry.

To STAND UP!

I am a Patriot

Patriotism is the light of a candle in the darkness

Patriotism is to seek out truth;

To see a nation as it is; flaws and all.

Patriotism is to aspire to more than ourselves.

Patriotism is to inspire each other;

To IMPROVE and GROW

I am a Patriot

Patriotism is to love freedom

Patriotism is to feel empathy.

Patriotism is to feel compassion.

Patriotism is to love;

To turn away from violence and division.

It is to FEEL!

I am a Patriot

Patriotism is to love your neighbor like your family

Patriotism is the courage to wrap your arms around

Multitudinous perspectives.

Patriotism to discard your privilege from your judgements.

Patriotism is to debate;

To FREELY DISAGREE.

WE ARE PATRIOTS!

Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist

Faithful, Agnostic, Atheist

Gay, Straight, Trans

White, Brown, Black

Man and Woman

Patriots.

Are.

We.

And we are strongest together;

United!

One.

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