Mr. Patriot

“Mr. Patriot”

You’ve left 
your mark
Mr. Man
It’s all
over my
walls and
your scroll
even lines
fences from
here to
Japan

Mr. Patriot
so loves 
his country
he salutes 
Vets when 
he sees 
them 
Gung ho 
and over
the top 
about
The US Flag
he thinks if
you burn it
you’ll
be arrested
Flags line
his house 
and his car
Two are 
offensive 
they are 
confederate

You’ve tired
us out 
Mr. Man
with your
patriotism
and military
acronyms you
constantly
pepper your
speech with
Act like
the civilian 
you are
Yes we
know you
served

You can’t 
find work
because of
PTSD 
You wear 
a FEED ME
sign around
your neck 
standing at
my freeway
entrance
You panhandle
It’s illegal
You don’t care
about law or
rules as you
once did

Mr. Patriot
so loves 
his country
he salutes 
Vets when 
he sees 
them 
Gung ho 
and over
the top 
about
The US Flag
he thinks if
you burn it
you’ll
be arrested
Flags line
his house 
and his car
Two are 
offensive 
they are 
confederate

Oh Mr. Patriot
you
volunteered
for your
government stint
Now you leave
your mark
all over 
the streets
Your sad
face is a 
persona like
the military
jargon you
spew on 
repeat

It’s time
to accept
your part
of the blame
You are a vet
You served 
this is true
but you
never saw
combat and
you lie
to your
family 
and friends
about this
Your MOS
DD2 14 states
COOK

Oh Mr. Patriot
what has 
become of 
you? You 
leave your 
design all
over creation
You won’t 
work 
You prefer 
panhandling
and we
aim to
stop you
from making
one cent

Mr. Patriot
so loves 
his country
he salutes 
Vets when 
he sees 
them 
Gung ho 
and over
the top 
about
The US Flag
he thinks if
you burn it
you should
be arrested
Flags line
his house 
and his car
Two are 
offensive 
they are 
confederate

We have your
number and
know where
you live
You like
to bilk 
systems
people
and friends
Oh Mr. Patriot
what will 
we do 
with you?

Two circles
for eyes
and a happy
face that
isn’t
Your façade
is now
fading away
by the
minute 
Your MOS
doesn’t
translate
to society
Mr. Patriot
You
Volunteered
Get over it
We certainly
have!

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