Fourth Parable



Willy Wonka

Some songs are extra-beautiful

Depending on who’s singing

Today The Star-Spangled Banner

Always sung in martial fashion

So it seems

I don’t suppose there’s another way

But maybe remember that

The fort and city were outgunned

It wasn’t really victory

But endurance and survival

The flag was flying in the morning

(big flag, if you haven’t seen)

The nation got another day

Sometimes, I guess,

It’s all we need


C L Couch



Jay Bala, Public Domain,