How are you? I am red white and blue
Pioneer blood, Indian blood, the blood of slaves, the blood of immigrants…

From the heart of the nation our vital fluids flow
Into the dirt of Turtle Island, which wants water

Delicate flowers, found fortunes
So many petals like promises swept
Ghosts of pale riders, disease in their malice pouches
Brittle and blind, the terrible whiteness

Drained of red, erased by white, we the people dwell in our beautiful blues

How are you? I am red white and blue
Mixed blood, the blood of soldiers, the blood of schoolchildren…

Sister buffalo, father grizzly
Soaring eagle, circling salmon
Divine circles of benevolent council
Forever unreceived

Cold dark metal, Medieval fire
The unquenchable thirst
The growing madness
Bodies ripped asunder

Bled of red, replaced by white, we the people bow to our beautiful blues

How are you? I am red white and blue
Shared blood, bad blood, the blood of brothers…

Pacific waves wash me
Inspiration in the thick ocean air
The Liberty torch, the house of light

These blues move the new you
These blues we move through

Born red, bred white, we the people sing our beautiful blues

How are you? I am red white and blue
Born in blood, the blood of Christ, the blood of sacrifice…

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About David Burn

Writer, strategist and brand builder.

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Literature, Poetry