The day of the recent rally
a couple guys in a big ol’ red pickup
set up their sales station.


Hundreds of Made-in-China “Make America” hats
in red and white and blue
plus a dozen cases of t-shirts and banners rolled up.


When they first arrived the wind was perfect,
all four banners pulled out straight south down Haywood Street:

Don’t Tread on Me
Old Glory
and the Battle Banner of the Late Failed Secession.


Then the wind shifted ever which way
and they all went a little twitchy.

American democracy
in all its grandeur
history itself
at the curb.