the team ran onto the field carrying
the stars and stripes that were flown
over the horn of africa on a predator
drone earlier this year and the
people in the bleachers raised their
voices in a collective u-s-a, u-s-a,
u-s-a cheer after the tanker plane
completed the flyover of the stadium
all in unison no matter the tribal
colors they were wearing that moment
 
meanwhile the people who have served
their country and global brothers and
sisters through peaceful means stood
and looked on wondering when the day
might come when we will fly the flag of
non-violence and recognize those in the
crowd that have waged peace without
carrying guns and shooting other humans
instead healing the sick, feeding the
hungry, seeking agreements through
dialogue and trying to understand
other opinions on matters of humanity 

independent writer

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