So much depends


Sun in retreat, time to eat,

cafe parking lot, pickup trucks,

American flags landing in flocks.


Hunger trumps fear,

park import on the street,

walk by star-spangled signs,


proof profits, not colors, run

for patrioticyardsigns dot com.

Waitress, flags sewn on jeans,


both hip pockets, also sleeves,

says no arugula, no mint tea,

no glass of pino gris --


one menu combo today,

Marine burger, American fries,

French's Mustard scratched off list --


choose between Hunts or Heinz.

So much depends on patriots

demanding silent lives. 


                              Timothy Pilgrim