The Red, White & Blue by Cynthia Bryant

At her inception—

    Did Red reflect blood splattered
    over lands foreign and domestic

    White bones crushed
    blown apart dust to dust

    Blue haunted faces
    drained of life

Throughout our history
from sea to shining seas
romanticism of war stain colorful
draped over coffins
of America’s honored dead
the others left to rot

Long may she wave…

Cynthia Bryant

First published in 1997 by two important journals dealing with childhood sexual abuse, Cynthia Bryant has since been published in over 50 anthologies. Her poetry is on numerous websites, an e-book and she has recorded her poems for play on e-radio as well as community television. She served the community Pleasanton, CA as their poet laureate 2005-2007 and again in 2011-2013 Cynthia’s poetry books Sojourn, Pebbles in the Shoe as well as No Time to Shoot the Poets have recently been accepted in the new Ina Coolbrith Circle library section in Sacramento’s State Library’s Special Collections Reading Room.

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