Memo to the President-Elect

By Gary E. McCormick
From “Reading Music” a book of poetry published Jan. 2011
Our Inviolable Flag
Since the stars and stripes
First waved in this brave land
Our flag has been treated badly
Without respect to say the least
Our banner’s been burned and bombed
Ripped, torn and physically desecrated
By citizens, foreigners, enemies at war,
Protesters, zealots, hippies and who have you
Last time I looked our flag was still flying
Unharmed, in one piece, proudly flapping
Shining boldly in glorious red, white and blue
Looking good, looking Fourth of July fine
Do you really think you can harm our flag
I ask those who stomp, tear and burn it?
In her days she has seen worse, much worse
She can’t be offended or destroyed because she still flies
We don’t need laws or amendments to safeguard
Our strong, valiant, indestructible, sacred Old Glory



About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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