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Forgotten Flag

Copyright © 2013 
by Earl H. Roberts


There is a wonder rippling in the wind this morning.  It is twisted with age, lined with rust and stained with aged scorn; the flap of an old flag never flown before.   It raps the wind, its spirit newborn.

Lost for years with symbolic beauty shorn; wrapped away in a new sack, untorn, lost in a creaking home, forlorn.  Its forgotten pride by the heirs denied, for lonely years twas set aside, then, from its prison by the wreckers it was gently pried

For one breath of glory it had ached to know.  A woven tapestry made to fly years ago, it anxiously waited for the rippling flow of cheers and tears from freedom's glow.

Unfurled to the wind, proudly whipped both long and wide, its ancient threads at last are tried.  And this morning, just outside my door, a wonder soars on the breeze outside.

It stretches forth undaunted to the victor's crown.  Somehow braver, stronger, and with love more richly kissed, for all our history it has missed.

Undimmed with worry by the cynic's mask, uncaring in triumph as it fills its solemn task, to be raised aloft for one long day was all it asked.

To let some eye upon it gleam

to set aside all that has slipped the seam,

a cherished liberty to help redeem

and renew the hopes of trampled dream

to skim the clouds today in brite esteem

to bloom in splendor on the golden beam.

with its sharp hunger filled at last, the old wonder rattles proudly against the mast.  It is a dream remembered from a forgotten past.

Ode to a flag found by wreckers, so old that a few hours in the wind left it tattered, written by Earl H. Roberts.  

The Declaration of Independence 

Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

George Washington's Farewell Address

The Gettysburg Address  

The Emancipation Proclamation

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An essay is much like the traditional talking circle of the Navajo, but with only one speaker. 

An essay doesn't have to prove anything, it doesn't even have to be new; it does have to be honest.  

The object of an essay is to share, to share thought, feelings, observations with the reader.  Essays as a genre have been with us for nearly 2 centuries. 

The essays of Francis Bacon are probably the most famous historic examples we have.  But, it was Ralph Waldo Emerson who perfected the elastic form and gave it life.   


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When I came home from my tour of duty in Korea we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge in the USS General William S. Mitchell.   There weren't any trumpets ringing in the air, but my heart was singing glad, about to burst.  As I looked forward to seeing again all the places and people I loved -- I knew what my country meant to me, home, a nation I was willing to defend with my very life if necessary and more importantly, a nation I was eager to help build up even better than I found it.  

Just seeing a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge brings that salt-sea stained moment back with all its force.  I pray that I never forget, that so long as I live the United States of America will remain independent and free, a giant among nations raised up by God's Almighty hand to be an ensign of freedom for all nations.  Lin Stone.

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That first day of school  

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Friendship, by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  A ruddy drop of manly blood The surging sea outweighs, The world uncertain comes and goes, The lover rooted stays. I fancied he was fled, And, after many a year, Glowed unexhausted kindliness Like daily sunrise there. My careful heart was free again, -- O friend, my bosom said, Through thee alone the sky is arched, Through thee the rose is red, All things through thee take nobler form, And look beyond the earth, And is the mill-round of our fate A sun-path in thy worth. Me too thy nobleness has taught To master my despair; The fountains of my hidden life Are through thy friendship fair.

A Break From Boredom  --  by Lance Nalley

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God Does Not Fit  -- by Lance Nalley


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