Mon. May 27th, 2024

Patriotism is Ignorance.

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By: KK-Rivers

*Patriotism is Ignorance.*

Fearless, the noble creature

defied the determination of that car.

Courageous, the mother animal


awaiting this fate to

protect her little lambs; their freedom.

Honorable, she

leapt as a sacrifice, into the mouth of the metal beast,

intending on

perpetuating her legacy. “She

was a brave one, she


Fought for us all.”

Her last thoughts:

which way do I go

which way do I –

a bleat and a smash.

and you call this: __ bravery?

__ courage?

__ honor?

__ sacrifice?

Forgive me for only seeing

a sheep crossing the street.

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3 thoughts on “Patriotism is Ignorance.”
  1. I have to agree with the sentiments expressed in this poem – the “noble sacrifice” of the state’s military/paramilitary forces do remind me of herd animals being rounded up for the slaughter: dying so that their beloved masters might live in comfort at the expense of the repressed throngs of people…

  2. How about love of Earth instead of nationalism, and love for all life (not just people) instead of patriotism?

    Barring that, everyone in the world is going to really hate America and Americans and their stupid devotion to their homicidal excuse for a country, and then patriotism will be all that’s left for the proud sheeple of the US of Ignorance.

    Oh wait, that’s already happened.

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