Tuesday, July 22, 2014

An Abridged Story

Today everyone is wondering
who swapped the American flags
on top of the Brooklyn Bridge

with bleached-white Old Glories
early this morning
and why

and particuarly how
when the bridge is so heavily guarded.

Dido said in 2003
that there would be no white flag
above her door

though she said
nothing about bridges.

Maybe they're a call
for peace in the Middle East

saying Obama
should pay more attention
to Palestine

or peace everywhere.

It can feel callous
to feel unworried

and paranoid
to feel like every change
in the skyline

is foreboding.

This poem © 2014 Emily Cooper.