My Country – Lent Ten



Even in the heat he wears a tie
a red white & blue rep and a clean white shirt
In the cooler weather there’s always an American flag
on the lapel of his coat My God, he loves this country!
My Country `tis of Thee! It sends a shiver!
He’s been the banker the lawyer the new car dealer
Now he’s the mayor But he’s always loved his
country first He fought in the war you know
at a desk though not in the trenches
His eyes still well at the thought of the men
who never gave up until at last they gave
it their all I say: Gave It Their All!
Without a doubt he’d give it his all right now
for the love of the Red White & Blue
for the Land of the Free!
These Colors Don’t Run!
So when he sees her in her prayer shawl
walking down his Main Street dark`eyed olive
`skinned clutching the nervous little boy
by his thin hand
as though to protect him from America his
neck begins to swell His face goes stripe-red
Yes, at the bank he’d lent them the money
to build the mosque toward which they’re walking
on this Saturday afternoon But that was different
That was business! That was before Well You remember
This is different! This is about national security!
About America the Beautiful!


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to My Country – Lent Ten

  1. to borrow from you – my comment – no comment

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  2. kiwiskan says:

    put your finger on it…


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