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  • Writer's pictureChristopher McHale

I owe no tribe allegiance


I owe no tribe allegiance


No flag, no army, no anthem

No tis of thee

No skin symphony

No clay prayers

No Mohamed Moses

No Buddah Jesus

None of that

Except this


My humanity


No nation holds my passport

No border contains me


We’ve had a long history of nations

Of tribes

And every tribal vow is dipped in our blood

Our children’s blood

Every innocence is betrayed


They say I don’t understand

I don’t know the history

The story


But every story is the same

Over and over

We know how it begins

We know it’s gory middle

And we know it’s bloody end


The same damn end again and again


Until I stand and say


I pledge allegiance to no nation under no flag no god


Because no nation holds our future

No prophecy beyond this

I pledge allegiance to my humanity

And yours

My brother

My sister

The children still to come

I pledge alliance to you all


For you are the only future we have

Together

Beyond flags

Beyond tribes

One shared humanity

Over all

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