Flagellation


You’d think that interest would now flag
In an outdated strip of rag;
But, no! The Court now seeks to screech
That use of it makes up ‘Hate Speech’;

OK, the ban is not complete,
But use at all might well defeat
Mistaken purpose of this law
And herein lies a fatal flaw:

I’ve listened hard, but I have found
That flapping is the only sound,
And as a symbol it can be
A prideful part of history,

For incidental was the use
To buoy Apartheid time’s abuse,
It also flew at all those parts
Still dear to many people’s hearts,

Including in the two World Wars,
As symbol, there, behind the cause;
And, also, at all kinds of sport,
To give the nation its support;

And it is only now, of late,
Some idiots use it for hate;
The use, before, which it received,
Was causes in which we believed,

Though hindsight now may go to show
That it was not the way to go,
It was a matter of great pride,
So why do we now have to hide

The heritage of which it’s part,
And bans, on use of this flag, start?
And don’t such courts, I put to you,
Have some far better things to do?

© August 2019 Colonialist
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About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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