Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The pledge

A couple looked out the window
She sat in a wheelchair
and he stood behind a walker

Outside, it was gray and cold
A flag hung limply on a pole in the parking lot

The woman began
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
and the man joined in
of the United States of America
and to the Republic
for which it stands
One Nation under God
with liberty and justice for all

They fell silent for a time
staring through the glass and mist
and then the man rummaged around in a pouch
pulling out a harmonica

He began playing the national anthem
halting and beautiful
from start to finish

When it was over
the woman turned to the man
She smiled and said
We should do this again sometime. 

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