Gray Days

Gray gloom greets mid-January morn,

Days of defiance start

On waves of joint effort borne

From humble, united heart

Its story outlined with resolve

To break dawn’s smoggy gloom

Hearts and hands warmly dissolve

Hate’s icy forecast of doom

False Flags

You wave banners
branded with badges
of counterfeit causes
symbols of sophistic
and stagnant standards

The flags you fly
stamped and striped 
in contrarian colors
announce allegiance 
to divisive ideals

It’s time to surrender
your pride to truth
retreat to the colors
of liberty and justice
for all