Semantic Satiation Patriation

Patriotic lemonade stand, Patriotic convenience store
flags plastic wrapped and made in China, Patriotic
confederate battle flag flapping convoy of Obama
hating Republicans burning rubber down the street
of someone else’s hometown, Patriotic hairpiece flapping
on the third green in Scotland, once a Democrat now
a Patriotic Republican, Patriotic Communist-Socialists, 
Patriotic Anarchists, Patriotic Terrorists, Patriotic non-voter
“fed-up with the system,” Patriotic protest voter, Patriotic
non-voter, Patriotic “All You Can Eat” Buffet, Patriotic
Birthday Cake from Wal-Mart, Patriotic Patriot Missile, 
Patriotic Patriot, Patriotic Ex-Pat, Patriotic plumbing company, 
Patriotic used car dealer wanting your patriotic business
on Patriotic Tax Free Weekend. Patriotic Olympic teams!
Patriotic NRA-loving, gun show vendor! Go Patriots! 

Larry D. Thacker’s poetry can be found in more than eighty publications including The Still Journal, Poetry South, Mad River Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Mojave River Review, Mannequin Haus, Ghost City Press, Jazz Cigarette, and Appalachian Heritage. His books include Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia and the poetry books, Voice Hunting and Memory Train, as well as the forthcoming, Drifting in Awe. He’s presently working on his MFA in both poetry and fiction. Visit his website at: