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My Government | Piérre Ramon Thomas | Poetry & Prose

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Draft your constitution.
I assure you, from this day forward, I will uphold every line to the letter.
Declare to me, your patriot, the Five Tenets upon which this union is established,
That I may run to show my eagerness and loyalty.

“Through the sincerity of love we will build.
On trust we will strengthen.
By compromise and sacrifice we will grow.
In the zeal of fidelity we will sustain.
And by renewing ourselves from time to time with the fire of rekindling,
Our love will extend beyond time.”

As you have said, my love,
So will it be obeyed.
I pledge my allegiance to you—
Ah! If only you knew how giddy I am to please you!
This is a type of monocracy that keeps the land at peace;
For by you, I am tamed,
Without you, I am a wild, rabid animal that struggles with self-control.
Wrap me inside of your flag.
Make me a garland of the flowers of your country and crown me.
Say that I am your one and only citizen—
Promise there will not be another.
My love, you are my government,
For I am governed by you.

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