Dragging the Flag

Shaun White won the gold medal

for the United States

in the winter olympics

in Korea

and right after he won

someone handed him an American flag

so in the pictures of him

sure to be seen

around the world

he would be holding a flag

but after he was handed the flag

he took his gloves off

and then had to grab his snowboard

and while he was doing this

the cameras caught him

inadvertently dragging the flag

through the snow

on his way to get the gold

and people are upset at him.

 

I wonder if the people upset at him

for inadvertently dragging the flag

through the snow

were upset at the Boston police

on October 10, 2011

when they choke-slammed

a female Iraq war veteran

to the ground

and then they,

the Boston police

trampled the American flag

that she had been holding

as she protested Wall Street

and the Government

peacefully

and after they choke-slammed

this young woman,

this Harvard student,

to the ground

and after they,

the Boston police

trampled the American flag

that this veteran

had been holding

they arrested her

and a lot of other veterans

and a lot of other people

whose only crime

was believing

in the constitution.

 

I wonder if the people upset at him

for inadvertently dragging the flag

through the snow

are upset at our politicians

for dragging the flag

all over the world

as they use our tax dollars

to pillage village after village

city after city

and town after town.

If someone handed one to me

I would immediately toss it down,

I wouldn’t waste the energy

dragging the flag.

 

I wonder if the people upset at him

for inadvertently dragging the flag

through the snow

have ever given a thought

to what that flag

actually represents…

that flag that has flown

over genocide

over slavery

over conquest

and over nuclear tests

that have poisoned the earth

from the Marshall Islands

to the land of my birth.

I will protect the land

but reject borders

and reject empire

and reject anthems

and reject flags.

There might be reasons

to be upset at Shaun White

but who gives a shit

what he drags

through the Korean snow.

Maybe he was trying

to clean

some of the blood

off of it.

 

 

 

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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