To stand or kneel or lay down flat
I’m not sure what to think of that.
There’s lots of folks who want to shout,
The President has tweeted out,
That we must stand with our heads bare
While the band is playing there
And someone’s belting out the song
That echoes out across the throng.
That’s the way that I was raised,
When the country’s being praised
You stand and listen to the song
And if you’re able, sing along.
Lately some have tried to say
“I’m sad about the USA”.
And so they drop upon one knee
Out in front for all to see.
It’s interesting the gesture used
To protest what they think abused.
If you’re a Brit and meet the Queen
Upon one knee you’re often seen.
The most respect that you can show
Is one knee high and one knee low.
The favored way to win a wife,
That you will love for all your life,
Is getting down upon just one
And hoping that her heart is won.
So take a breath and think about
What’s happening before you shout.
Listen to what’s being said
Before your heart aborts your head.
Some think things are going wrong
With the country in the song
And so have chosen to protest
In the way they think is best,
Without a fist, without a shout,
Without a shot, or striking out,
But quietly upon one knee
While out in front for all to see.
Aren’t there things that you would change
If the rules you could arrange?
Would you not get your message out
If you could with a silent shout?
And so while some are singing loud
And others kneel before the crowd
Yet others look around to see
What of interest there could be.
Some take selfies, stand and chat,
Buy a T-shirt, buy a hat,
Stand in line to buy a beer,
Ignoring all that happens here.
It never comes into their head
To be concerned what’s sung, or said.
I fear it’s worse to just ignore
All that has gone on before.
We will survive the things we see
Destruction comes with apathy.
Don’t fear the players kneeling there.
Fear the folks who just don’t care.
Write Field column is written by David Kragnes. David farms near Felton, MN. He is a former Chairman of American Crystal Sugar Co., and currently serves on the board of directors of CoBank.