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Rated: ASR · Poetry · Holiday · #2224401
A sonnet celebrating Flag Day in the USA - Joint 1st Place in Poetry Topic of the Month
What is a Flag?

What is a flag? A symbol of our hope
raised by a cheering crowd of kindred folk
who'd rather act to change the world than mope,
declaring war to cast aside their yoke.

What is a flag? A gaudy spangled cloth
that gave the rebels strength to face a king.
They stood against the royal army's wroth,
a feat like David's duel with a sling.

What is a flag? Some bullet-riddled rag
once carried into battle by a man,
who didn't waste his time on words and brag
but bravely stood his ground when others ran.

Red, white, and blue entreating men to fight;
bright colors calling folk to do what's right.

Line count: 14
Word count: 112 (116 with title)
Form: sonnet
Prompt: Flag Day
Written for:
Poetry Topic of the Month Contest  (13+)
Win up to 5,000 GPs. It ends at midnight at the end of each month. Suggest the topic.
#2216416 by Sharmelle'sExpressionsinPoetry

Plugged in: "Poetry Newsletter (June 17, 2020)
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