Built on foundations – diversity, equality, freedom – once thought solid

Now crumbled beneath


Veneer used to hide, to shine where light was scarce or non-existent

Now is scratched, dull, and dented

Showing the ugly scars beneath


Additions made to show the wealth and momentum

Now mere skeletons of their intent

With winds of change – for worse, not better – blowing through


The flag, brand new and brightly colored

Waves and people cheer

Blinded by the stars displayed

They fail to see


Their home is collapsing

Crumbling into history