April 23, 2021.

those kids wear confederate flags

those kids wear confederate flags
not knowing what they really mean
truth be told, they aren't so focused on the history
just that they have something to identify with

those kids stick Support Coal stickers on their first ride
because their dads came home pitch black,
saying it's to keep the lights on
so they take pride in what supported their family

truth be told, they aren't so focused on global warming
they're busy looking at what's in front of them now
beer caps at the post office and pop cans in the creek
those seem so small, the present has them more worried

my little nephew, a sweet boy
who offers to help me walk in the snow
and thanks me for his camo hoodie over and over
wears a confederate flag cowboy hat

he asked for a gun for Christmas
goes hunting with older boys in the family
brags about fish he's caught, smiles ear to ear
he's growing up to be a good man but we can't agree on much of anything

i worry about the kids in red caps
who decorate their walls with confederate flags
who don't see the world outside our county or state
because the lies and misconceptions they've been fed can amount to hate

and i want this world to be a better place
with less bickering and more empathy
less preconceptions and more looking in new perspectives
a more long term memory and less supremacy

Poetry by aidan haskel
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Written on 2021-04-23 at 18:29

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Hans Bump The PoetBay support member heart!
Current day insights so well expressed. I liked the rhythm of the verses.

This is a very good poem.

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
This is fine work Aiden. Your last stanza sums the work up very well. Bravo!