Patriot Song

Would you die for your country then?
No, but for my countrymen
a thousand times would not be enough
kill me thus, I’ll still stand up.
Would you die for your flag
waving proudly on the staff?
No, but for the boy yawning
pulling it up as day is dawning
I’d throw myself on the sword
remove myself, and do it once more
Would you die for your President
for Congress and the 27 Amendments?
Not on their life nor dime
But to give two seconds more time
so that child can play a game
and her sister do the same
that another might read a book
that another might have a second look
at that bird that flew by
over shoulder and under the sky
so that they may have two seconds more of life
I’d freely give mine, and not call it sacrifice.
Would you die, all alone
protecting your country and your home?
My country is, I would say,
each and every new day.
My home is the world I walk
the sights I see and the talk I talk
My neighbor is every person
my walls are the horizon
my sink is the flowing river
my tub the ocean it flows thither
my floor is where my feet lie
my roof is only the sky.
Would you die for country and home you say?
I do not know of any other way.
And as for those who cry
‘Traitor’ at the passerby
who does not remember the name of every war
nor what each was fought for
I wish that I could do the same
and hope he never knows my name.
Let the poet dream and the dancer dance
living is a kind of arrogance.
I thought of those and decided then
I prefer arrogant to dead men.
So let them live their life
I died so that they may have that right.
And if you think of me, now and then
honor me with love,
my countrymen.

Patriot Song

William H

Joined December 2007

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I was procrastinating from a school assignment and found myself writing this. Enjoy.

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