brave your colors
Separate roads spread, from shore to shore,
passing through towns, locked door after door.
Where once a neighborhood, or a community park,
now you will find are places filled with dark.
All shades, all hues, divide people from another,
but now they separate a sister from a brother.
Where once it was skin, and so it still is,
now it includes what politics is hers or his.
Red, blue, green, and more around the world.
In divisive times we must brave our flags unfurled.
No matter your age your religion or family,
in this great land, your thoughts are yours and they’re free.
What I fear most is we will fall to our enemy
where once there was democracy, there will be anarchy.
If you must battle through the generations,
fight right now for our nation’s foundations.
For tomorrow is not tomorrow, it’s in five, ten, or thirty years,
by standing up now the future will have fewer tears.
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