Charles J. Ingerson

UNFURLED
And May We Ever Remember…

Soiled and torn
we marched forth
bodies, spirits worn
learning of our worth.

Each new dis-embarkment
finding us under fire
as our ensign too went
enjoined into the war’s ire.

Never to know retreat
from that which is right
the oft temptations to defeat
known in the fearful fight

We’ve unfurled our ensign
for all the world to see
never to be encased again
when even one is not free.

So whenever men sit down
may we hold our thought
that freedom may be found
and understanding be taught.

Wave as the spray on seas
my ensign red, white and blue
as every nation clearly sees
and every enemy get their due.