A Deception

At the end, a crest was just a crest,
A fluttering flag was just a flag;
The means of ceasing civil unrest,
Allegiance to lions, sceptres and stag.

A crescent was only a crescent,
Phases in waltzes of Sun and the Moon;
Diurnal dose of antidepressants
For husbands conscripted, objecting soon.

A cartridge shell was simply a shell,
Bullets were lodged in the levelling bone;
There was no returning ideas to Hell
Once a crest and a flag were flown.