. A Little Respect an appeal to activist athletes at the Olympic games You have the right to speak of truth or trash __In houses, restaurants, and streets; To turn the flag of freedom-land to ash, __The flag for which your team competes; And you may spurn your liberty for cash __With other privileged athletes. But get thee hence! Depart! Get out, I say, __From stadiums! Your splashing splay Of gripes and manifestos keep away __From fields and floors and courts of clay! And spare the innocent your judgment day; __Turn not my blessed anthem gray! Let freedom win and cherished games begin __Without your bitter, racist claims. So put the shot and throw the javelin __And hammer without casting names And shaming your own people when you win. __Respect your nation at the games! . . Jeff Kemper has been a biology teacher, biblical studies instructor, editor, and painting contractor. He lives in York County, Pennsylvania.