We Turn Ourselves Inside Out
is a slave
cannot be escaped
splintered or severed
merely a function
all you want
flee on the wind
every gust and flurry
merely the internal
the gasp of a self-exhuming
we'll meet again
the next time
we turn in and on
we turn ourselves
It is all about how we come to together.
Patriotism tends to be a perversion of love and loyalty to the whole that hates and harms more than it loves, and is often more about xenophobia and service to a ruling class than service to a nation and its people.
Although I remain incredibly grateful to the men and women who have stood up to tyranny under the guise patriotism, patriotism itself is often more about keeping the guns of war loaded and aimed than an indication of virtue and altruism.
It ultimately narrows the view of things and dumbs people down. People should be more wary of it. it would make us smarter and harder to manipulate.
The call to war
Is a call to wailing
Weapons though they may be shiny
Deliver the darkness of violent death
It is only a foolish man who is blinded
By their power and sheen
It is only a short-sighted woman
Who sees demons and enemies
Reflected in a blade’s distorted mirror
It is only a deluded man
Who sees victory at war’s end
Battles are the making of funerals
There are no heroes
There are no victors
If you must enter war
You will bear the weight of the fallen
It is a heavy thing
No cause for celebration
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