‘Heritage, not Hate’ and Other Poetry by James Huss The Society July 25, 2015 Beauty, News of Note, Poetry 3 Comments Heritage, not Hate Today I watched a group of people wait To see an emblem steeped in hate removed From its unmerited, yet hallowed place – Today we traded racist lies for truth. Today I watched the guards of honor tread, In black and white and perfect unison, To show respect for both the quick and dead – Today we saw true heroism done. Today I watched a symbol of offense, Derision, hate, and ignorance descend To never in this country rise again – Today our Southern heritage begins! Today I can be proud at last to say Aloud that I am Southern, born and raised! Life A Haiku Sequence The leaf grows green, red, Brown, then falls dead to the ground, But the tree lives on. Drops of water splash Away and evaporate, Still the river runs. A flock of birds, though It loses one, will tack and Veer in unison. The ant that thrives in Colony cannot survive Independently. We are the leaves who Have forgotten we are but A part of the tree. Mr. Huss has a BA in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. He is currently enrolled in a master’s program at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He won 2nd place in poetry for his sonnet “My Privy Universe,” published in Argus Literary Magazine, 2015. He wrote and published a blank verse epic called Out of the Water. You can visit his author page on Amazon. Featured Image: “The Flag of Sumter” by Conrad Wise Chapman, , Oct 20 1863, 1863–64. Collection of The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia. (The views expressed in individual poems do not necessarily reflect those of the Society) NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi July 26, 2015 Beautiful sonnet and haiku. Reply Eve Chandler July 27, 2015 Timely and beautiful. Reply Janice Canerdy July 27, 2015 I love your sonnet and haiku sequence. Both are skillfully written and very moving. As a life-long–and proud–resident of Mississippi, I SINCERELY long to see the Confederate Flag symbol, which makes up a large portion of our state flag, REMOVED. I have friends who say the flag is not a racist symbol! I want to ask them what planet they’re from, but I simply ask, “How could it NOT be seen as a racist symbol!?” I also want to ask them how much they know about the Civil War and slavery–but I don’t! I hurts me that we continue to insult and hurt a large portion of our populace. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.