July 4th: Happy Birthday You Hot Mess


Fourth of July 2020. I looked up and down the street. Many houses were flying their flags. I was conflicted. I put mine out. I managed to fly it for an hour or so until I became uncomfortable and took it down. Here I am getting triggered by my country’s flag.

I’ve allowed to happen what I’ve railed against: the flag being a symbol of Republicans and the shithead in the white house, when in fact it belongs to all Americans.

But these days, I feel more like flying the flag upside down, which is a sign of peril and the need for rescue. Things have to get better, right? We have to become more compassionate, more inclusive, more fair. Don’t we?

By David Klein

David Klein

Published novelist, creative writer, journalist, avid reader, discriminating screen watcher.


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