Saturday, August 24, 2019

draped over her arm, her shoulder – v2

An early-morning ritual
done with reverence, honor
as I had seen before at court
in the same kind of gesture
in the way they raised our colors
our nation’s flag, in respect
in memory of the fallen
and those fighting yet.

Her body turned to the flag pole
pausing for a moment of reflection
getting ready to raise our colors
old glory in her hands
not touching the ground
showing our flag respect
the honor the fallen deserve
and those fighting yet.

Not just one flag but a second
a part of her daily ritual
the POW/MIA flag draped
over her arm, her shoulder
while she attached the hooks
ready to raise our nation’s flag
in memory of the fallen
and those fighting yet.

edited August 24,2019
draped over her arm, her shoulder – v2

July 4, 2019
draped over her arm, her shoulder
July 3, 2019 8:15am
watching Cheryl Morse start to raise the US flag
at the Stacyville, ME post office, as we drove by,
and watching how she didn’t let that flag
of the POW/MIA flag touch the ground,
edited September 11, 2015
The Banner of Freedom – v4
(editing version 2)
edited June 14, 2014
The Banner of Freedom – v3
Flag Day
edited May 26, 2014
The Banner of Freedom – v2
Memorial Day
June 14, 2010
The Banner of Freedom
Flag Day
edited September 11, 2015
Raising the Colors – v4
(editing version 2)
September 11, 2015,
14th anniversary of attacks of September 11, 2015
Edited September 11, 2012
new poem – “An Audible Gasp - 2”
September 11, 2012
“A Gasp”
written about my experience at
Franklin Pierce Law Center
Concord, NH
on September 11, 2001
in the TV lounge
where we all stayed, transfixed by the images
latest 20 poems about
September 11, 2001
edited June 14, 2014
Raising the Colors – v3
Flag Day
edited May 26, 2014
Raising the Colors – v2
Memorial Day
August 14, 2009
Raising the Colors
8:03 AM; watching the raising of the US and POW/MIA flags
Hooksett Family Division Court
Hooksett, NH
In the park across from the court is a sign with the name
Rene Gagnon, the Hooksett resident
who helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima

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