Nationalism Asswitism

workers in a factory
once came to fisticuffs
over of all things! coffee:
accidental exchange of mugs.

the line manager ran in
and separated them in a minute
spoke to each of them
“fighting is bad for business...

without team work,
production will suffer
you can’t focus, no jobs or bonus
if the business flounders”

then he put in policies
and ran workshops and carpools
creating a new world order
and it was peaceful.

these same people chose a government
whose rhetoric rent the firmament
and they fought in the streets,
forgetting all principles of peace...

defended their position
in the name of nationalism
used ancient history
as an excuse for racism.

their children now wonder
what happened to richer days
blaming it on tea and diamonds and spices
knowing it was thrown away