Background: Mary @dVerse Poets, asks us to write poetically about “a modern day myth”, which I have done. But Mary suggests that “It can be a real person or a fairy tale character or folk tale character.” Well, I may have transgressed a bit there. But I am writing about our human tendency to abstract our passions and incarnate them into myths; myths used to enhance control, identity and more. My poem is about a modern incarnated myths: the nation state. The USA has gone a step further and created Uncle Sam as a blood-and-bones incarnation of their nation state. So please consider this poem speaking against Uncle Sam and his ilk.
I realize that my poem is a cheap, quick-and-easy, xAxA-quatrain poem which I filled only with dry, didactic, cognitive allusions and a paucity of rich sensual ones. For this I apologize and in repentance I have spent time creating this graphic for you: The flags are those of countries I have live in or visited. With so many, how can I cheer for just one country? Which one should I identify with? I choose to identify with none. “Identity” has become more flexible for me over the years after embracing many countries, many religions, many languages, many professions, many names and many selves. This notion of fuzzy borders permeates my writings. If you’ve read this far, please start your comment with a “!”.