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That Dirty Ol' Flag

Updated on June 7, 2012
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Bill Russo is featured in the film & TV show, The Bridgewater Triangle & has written several books (both fiction & non) on Amazon Kindle.

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I saw a flag the other day,

lying on the side of the road,

and was going to leave it lay;

but I stopped and put down my load.


The flag was red for the blood they shed.

It was blue for the women who stayed true.

and it was white, though it had to fight;

and it was brown from lying on the ground.


I picked up that crumpled flag

and saw that it was not very old

and that it was no cheap rag.

The rich cloth felt good to hold.


There were rips here and there,

and more than one dirty spot.

But that flag should be in the air.

Too good to toss away, I thought.


It stood for valor and not just might.

And though it wasn't always right,

it stood for people who had tried

to be the ones on honor's side.


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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Wow!! Really amazing poem. I would pick the old flag too if i saw one. because at one time, it stood for the unity of the people for their country and at one time, it did serve a nation. and it's not right that after we used it, we can throw it on a garbage to rot.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thankyou snowdrops for the wonderful comment. I really appreciate it. For all its faults, I do believe that this nation of immigrants still is the land of the brave and the free, and remains the premier place of opportunity.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      This was really good, though I was hoping to find out more of the story about how it got to the ground. I felt like you could have went more in depthe with that.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks PHILLYDREAMER. You bring out a great point. I hadn't thought about how the flag got there.

      Maybe it is a metaphor. Perhaps the flag is actually the United States itself.....and we all need to reach out together, clean the ol' flag, and put it on the highest pole we can find.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I thought about that. I guess I just wanted it to go deeper.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Bill, This is a beautiful poem about "Old Glory." Besides being a great story teller, you're a pretty good poet, too. Voted up and sharing.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is a great poem!

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      Paul, thankyou for the wonderful comment. I am honored to receive it.

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      Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

      I am grateful for the comment Angela. Thankyou very much.

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