The Standard #flagday #poetry


flag

Gallant stripes ripple in the breeze

children in unison pledge allegiance

at attention heroes salute her

beneath her the dead have lain

scorned, torn and burned

the battle beneath her rages

 her rags wipe up man’s derision

emblematic she flies for freedom

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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest- tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Emma Lazarus

 

 

 

 

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