4th of July

4th of July

We assembled without permission
or permit in the central square.

We raised Old Glory high
to half-mast, upside down.

We erected a hand-painted sign:
Conscientious Objectors Welcome!

We were few; we began to grow.

We sang songs of many nations,
in many lovely tongues.

We paraded to great applause
that drew a nervous crowd.

We ate the foods of many peoples,
celebrating amidst the clamor
of a multitude of colors.

We were free, and grateful.

When they arrested us at last,
we went together, singing,
cherishing our independence.

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