Pause today and think
beyond the slick slogans
and rallying cries
which boil the blood
and ignite indignation.

Us against the world!
The price paid is pennies
compared to the fetters faced
if freedom isn’t fought.
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!

Are we? Free?
And was it pennies
to the one who sits alone
on this day away
from the spectacle and noise?

Or to the withered WAV
trotted out on parade
on this annual show
then shuttled back to the home
when the affection’s over?

Pause today and think
beyond boundaries imposed
by those enriched by this game
for isn’t it clear yet? The fee exacted
goes well beyond the battlefield!


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