The flag draped over a coffin
What exactly does it mean?
Does it symbolize something, a story
Locked in a tomb, out of sight?
How, and why, did that person die?
What was his life's story?
Did that soldier fight for a noble cause
Or merely risk his life for a mistake?
The flag at the heart of this country
Fluttering softly in a breeze
But from where did that wind come?
Does it ripple the cloth with a hidden scent of blood?
Why are those people dying now?
Are they spreading freedom or lies?
Democracy and tyranny are getting mixed up
In this tangled web of illusions
The flag in the citizen's front lawn
A spotlight illuminating it in the night
Does it show his patriotism
Or ignorant belief in his leader?