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 co-poetry editor of Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He received Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award and is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. He was also awarded the 2020 Wakefield Prize for Poetry. He has published 12 books and, after spending over four years editing the work of others, is ready to get back into the creative driver seat for a bit. He has four books forthcoming in 2023 and 2024. Read other articles by Heath.