One Word

The other day I saw
a man burning a
“Don’t Tread on Me” flag
in his front yard.

I was surprised by this
until I realized he
was only burning off
the word “Don’t” from the flag
and leaving the rest of it
to be unfurled and reflown from his house.

I guess he figured, “why not” or “who isn’t?”

Heath Brougher is the Editor-in-Chief of Concrete Mist Press and Poetry Editor of Into the Void Magazine, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Nominee as well as the recipient of Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award. His most recent collection of poetry and art is titled “Bleeding Backwards” (Diaphanous Press, 2019). Read other articles by Heath.