Battle Cry

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Battle Cry

I’m a flag-bearing woman
I’m waving all the time
I’m a flag-waving human
You better stay on the line.
It’s time a star-bearing woman
Wore her stripes and gave a damn
Before the sun settles down
Before my face starts to frown.
Because, I’m living in a magic world
Because, I’m walking in a dreamscape
Because, the truth is flying free
Because, the news repeats my plea
Because the truth is flying free,
I’m a flag-bearing woman
I’m a flag-waving human
You better stay on the line.
It’s time for Stars and Stripes
Memories of Stars and Stripes
Stripes and stars forever
Stars and stripes forever.
Ah let’s arise to the side of children in the cages
Fire, fire, flag-bearing waving woman
And we’ll rise from the dust with settlers’ wagons on the trail
Fire, fire, flag-bearing waving human
Ah, we’ll tear down that dark wall, we’ll welcome children in
Pull back the curtain, show the promised land
Memories of Stars and Stripes, we’ll welcome freedom in.
Flag-waving women extend a helping hand
It’s time for Stars and Stripes
Memories of Stars and Stripes
Stripes and stars forever
Stars and stripes forever.
I’m a flag-bearing woman
I’m waving all the time
I’m a flag-waving human
You better stay on the line.
__________________________
Note:
There’s an audio version here – it includes some of my thoughts about the piece.
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Paul O'Mahony

I'm Paul O'Mahony (Cork). On Twitter you can reach me @Omaniblog A father. I work as business storytelling consultant - Podcaster - Blogger - Poet - Live streamer via Periscope - Foodie - naturally ambitious + love to share my contacts. Live in Glanmire, Cork Ireland Europe linkedin.com/in/paulhomahony

3 thoughts on “Battle Cry”

  1. Jennie,
    I find your words very important and valuable – I’d like to lots of people to read them or hear about them.

    Because I think they are indicative of the point of view of many others ( I hope the majority of voters in the USA).

    Yes indeed, protest signs placards banners, even balloons.

    I love your status and your stripes.

    As for your words ” please know that, even if our words and actions aren’t as eye-catching as our administrations, we are standing for our values and are far from apathetic” – May the force be with you and with all your friends.

    Like

  2. Powerful poem, Paul.

    These days, we’re not waving flags so much as protest signs. Our stars are women and men at council meetings and fund-raisers; our stripes are their signatures on petitions and letters to the editor. It’s hard to tell what the rest of the world knows about the response we offer to the events and attitudes that drive the news cycles but please know that, even if our words and actions aren’t as eye-catching as our administration’s, we’re standing for our values and are far from apathetic.

    “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -Thomas Jefferson

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