Flag Lovers



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So said the flag
My best lovers are the ones in grave
Adding spice to the living
Ground up from their decay

Said the flag
All my lovers are
Worming through the dirt
A star is born, a hero sown
For every serenade I heard

Tell me that you love me
Tell me again and again
And, hand on heart, I'll tell you, love
You all end up the same
So said the flag
So said the flag

So said the flag
My best lovers are not the ones who sing my name
In brassy ticker tapered halls
Swilling on champagne

So said the flag
Every lover worth their weight in oil
Went down, went down, and down they stayed
Silent in the soil

Tell me that you love me
Tell me again and again
And, hand on heart, I'll tell you, love
You all end up the same
So said the flag
So said the flag

So said the flag
My best lovers are the ones who feel no pain
Bequeathing it to those above who dust
And flower their graves

Said the flag
All of my lovers turn the earth from pole to pole
Just to raise your passion high
Just high enough to fall

Tell me that you love me
Tell me again and again
And, hand on heart, I'll tell you, love
You all end up the same
So said the flag
So said the flag


© Brendan Bonsack
December 2016