Neil Brian Goldberg
Putting up the flag
By Neil Brian Goldberg
May 31, 2021

I don't have a flag pole. So every national holiday, I hang an old flag from the top edge of my porch. I know it will be hard, but I don't dread it. There are two screws waiting. Not the exact width of the flag, but the only places that go through the aluminum and stay. I take out the dining room chair, and I get up and secure one corner of the flag. Then down off the chair, drag it to the other end. Only one side has a metal hole, so I use a strong clip to grasp the corner of the flag. I string some twine over the screw, and through the opening on the clip. Oops, the clip came loose, off the chair, drag it over to the other side. Back on the chair. Get hold of the flag again, turn it right, drag the chair, while holding the flag, back to the other end. Re-attach, slipped again, back to other side, etc., etc.—over and over and over. Up and down, drag the chair, almost fall, almost pass out (78 yrs). I did not quit, I did not regret, nor complain. Got it up, walked out on the lawn—wrong direction, not right (was never very handy). Took it all down, started again, finally, after more mishaps, and struggles, it was done. I walked out on the lawn, and it looked fine and glorious. It was very hard, tiring, frustrating, and a little dangerous; but it was nothing, nothing at all, for the guys who suffered and died for the Land of the Free. "This is for you" I said.

God and country, here I stand, at the crossroads of freedom, one American man,
God and country, here I stand, old glory wavin', heart under hand.

Some march for money, some out of fear,
Some march for freedom, and all that we hold dear.

Now, let's take one moment, to make it crystal clear.
If you don't love America, we don't need you here.

God and country here we stand, at the crossroads of freedom, every woman and man
God and country, united we stand, at the crossroads of freedom, forever we stand!

© Neil Brian Goldberg


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