Poems of the Week

Race War Wardrobe

by Chris O’Carroll

“While it’s not uncommon to see heavily armed white men toting military-grade gear on American streets,
the addition of the Hawaiian shirt is a new twist.”

The New York Times

Fascism dressed in black or brown
Worked for Berlin and Rome,
KKK terrorists likewise
Made do with monochrome,

And Dixie fought for slavery
With soldiers wearing gray,
But racist insurrectionists
Sport floral prints today.

The Stars and Bars do not suffice
As colors for their tribe.
They want Aloha shirts to rock
A new, less laid-back vibe.