Veterans beware: remembering is a form of lying
at which politicians and war-mongers are especially adept.
Flag-burners beware: the U.S. Flag Code identifies fire
as the only proper & respectful way to dispose of a flag.
War memorial builders beware: pigeons are a kind of dove.
Whatever you do, they will have the last say, & it won’t be pretty.
Readers beware: all poets are traitors.
This poem was written from the prison of a bad conscience.