39.

In flags stitched over generations
rest tiny symbols of states,
places where citizens self-organized –
to a degree –

their existence within a given
arbitrary
line.
We say federalism

as if it’s a sovereign specific.
A matter for the states.
Alas, matters for the states
cannot exceed the bounds of the

Constitution, which they too often do.
Jim Crow on forward, separate and unequal.

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