The Parsed Allegiance to the Flag

             Before you pledge unto the flag,
             Especially "under God",
             Beware—the courts have found a snag—
             They say The Pledge is flawed:

"I PLEDGE…" No, no, you can't—you're free;
To pledge would squelch your liberty.

"…ALLEGIANCE…" No, that makes you feel
Indentured to the commonweal.

"…TO THE FLAG…" Oh, my—how quaint!
And next, it's 'Betsy Ross for Saint'?

"…OF THE UNITED…" Stop right there:
Hawaii's joined to Delaware?

"…STATES…" Now that's the first thing right:
We're all in different states; yes, quite.

"…OF AMERICA…" No—too exclusive;
Say, "…PEOPLE…" That's much more inclusive.

"…AND TO THE REPUBLIC…" Don't forget:
It's not 'democracy'—not yet;

'Republic' means we still have choices
Of who'll ignore our sundry voices.

"…FOR WHICH IT STANDS…" Vain words we parrot!
For some 'IT BURNS', while others 'WEAR IT'.

"…ONE NATION…" No, we're many nations:
Like Aryan, Seneca—and Haitians.

"…UNDER GOD…" The worst of flaws:
This violates th' Establish't Clause.

"…WITH LIBERTY…" And that goes double
For things we used to call 'in trouble'.

"…AND JUSTICE…" Yes, to all it's free
(If you can pay the lawyer's fee).

"…FOR ALL"—from those with little powers,
To those who judge from ivory towers.

             So pledge allegiance to the flag,
             And do so "under God"
             Without Whom it is just a rag,
             Our nation but a fraud.

                                        —O. Nonymous

                                                                                    © 2002