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Author Name: Freeoldguy 2 Comments
Date Added: October 27, 2009 23:10:47 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Expired Veteran

(City dump  …  Springfield, Oregon)

With shame choked eyes I stood in awe

as I saw my flag, tired and soiled of life,

being strangled by crushed beer cans and rubbish,

gaining an unarmed prestige a-top a dung heap;

Red and white stripes ripped and frayed,

tattered stars on a threadbare, blue backdrop,

grommets torn from its faded body.

Gladly had it given its proud  life in service

to its country and now, in return,

it receives a rag’s burial at the city dump.

Crying its final, tearful salute to an ungrateful generation,

it waved with embarrassed pride

and disappeared beneath the bulldozer’s squalid tracks;

a dishonorable entombment for a discarded veteran.

Author's Notes:
This happened soon after I came home from Vietnam.  The only liberty I took with the poem is that the actuarial flag was not old.  I wish I could print the picture I have imbedded in my mind to show to the world. 
This poem will have to do.               Gene
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Comment By: FreeRoger Bacon on October 28, 2009 11:15:16 AM Report
A lot of emotions stir when I read this.  How sad.
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on October 28, 2009 10:08:45 AM Report

Gene:  beautifully written; and this brought tears to my eyes. 

Lady D


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