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Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 am

north fifth street poem #17

every weekday morning I hear the

pledge of allegiance it’s broadcast

all over the neighborhood by the

school next door, no I don’t

stop what I’m doing composting

the garbage or wiping up a spill to

stand with my hand on my heart

facing the flag the only flag here is

a small one atop a paper umbrella

over the stove unless in july when

one is always on the calendar but

there’s no daily pledge in july I do

though in my heart join in wishing

a happy birthday to every child

announced and hoping she or he

will receive a natal day present not

flimsy or plastic that will break by

bedtime or has too many pieces

prone to loss and that that special

kid is cherished today and every day

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