The Other Side Of The Flag

I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I've tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied.
                                      ~ Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man



I.
Walt Whitman's
ghost strolls through
the projects singing
black is a beautiful thang...
while Sylvia Plath's
does the math of why
nickel bags
sell quicker
than liquor.


II.
Inner-city infants 
are greeted with
put your hands
against the wall and spread em'
as they exit
the womb.


III.  
Self indulgence
opens legs wide
for Capitalism
on steroids, whose
empathy shrinks
more and more
with each
passing
day.


IV.  
Crack
vial bones
buried under gentrified
condos and homes
leave no residue;
only microfiched
echoes.


V.  
The
ostracized
dream of being recognized
with dignity and humanity;
a delusion
often dismissed
on a long list
Betsy Ross
never sewed
into the flag.


© 2013 abruvanamedsly


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2 comments:

  1. A slashing sabre poem..Rip ! Brutally and beautifully exposed truth and who could argue with it.I liked the long list that Betsy Ross did not sew into the flag. Will have to look her up!The opening lines are brilliant ...hilarious imagery of Walt Whitman's ghost strolling around singing" niggas is a beautiful thang." This is very Oz style satire..although you may not have intended it as such..cultural boundaries are very delicate so please do not take offense,none intended.I think your infusion of satire makes the poem more powerful . Eli Weisel thinks the best way to oppose oppression is through satire and humour laced with stark reality..You did that effectively with some great lines.A knock out!

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  2. a dang....some arresting lines an imagery...the up against the wall for the infants...oh my...but true in how we have become...self afflicted genocide....dang....cool on whitman and plath as well....you rocked this one...

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