James Carolyn Harris


IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: May 26, 2005
Awarded: May 26, 2005
I can’t see pledging allegiance to a Pine tree flag,
but that’s what my forefather’s did.
They had no other, they were just getting started;
so they lifted her up and bowed their heads

I can’t see pledging allegiance to a Rattlesnake flag,
but that’s what my forefathers did.
They flew her high; I guess they had struck a real blow
for independence and wanted all to know
when we strike it will be a deadly blow

I can see pledging allegiance to Old Glory, all aglow.
She is dressed in the red, white and blue we all know
She has seen many changes over the years,
since the first day she flew
You see one time some tried to divide her up,
take away that beautiful glow
The things she stands for were just too strong,
for her to let go.

I pledge allegiance with great pride to a grand flag,
with a tear in my eye
Each stripe, each star representing beatings taken, bloodshed,
but she came out with her head high

This flag has seen many battles, heard men crying
and bowed low for those who were dying.
This flag’s been protected, defended, kept high;
never permitted to touch the ground
and no other permitted to fly above her.

This flag I love so much represents all my brothers and sisters,
no matter what race, creed, religion or color.