Stand, Kneel, or Sit?

Stand, Kneel, or Sit?

A Poem by Robert Ray

Shouts and speeches stream from left and right,

Young, old, rich, poor, brown, black and white.

Stand, kneel, or sit---Is it worth the fight?

I’ll accept whatever wrath may follow;

Old quotes and catchwords, for and against, are passionate but hollow.

Let’s offer personal choice, not stiff mandate,

To better reveal the genuine colors; ignorance or hate?

Or something else, truly principled and profound?

One authentic leader or thinker on the sidelines have we found?

Not a charlatan or sycophant who deceives or stands mute,

But a courageous warrior, ready for battle and always astute.

Let’s measure the man by his original thoughts and actions;

Not by his fainthearted associations or factions.               

For our nation’s flag and anthem, if you wish, stand and hold them dearly,

Even from a distance, along the green fields, you will see them clearly.

Then you will know, from where you stand, who they are, by number and name.

Here for you and your country---or for personal fortune and fame?

© 2017 Robert Ray

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The poem was complex and simple at the same time, an effect that can be hard to achieve. I feel like reading it again, uncovering a new meaning with each read. Cool work!

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Thank you! I appreciate you taking time to read and comment.

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Added on December 4, 2017
Last Updated on December 13, 2017
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Robert Ray
Robert Ray

Madison, IN

"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." - Will Rogers more..