They found Him lying nieth a bridge
His home a box and
His meals were crude and came from trash
a bottle of wine, it was His last’
He must have toasted a torrid past
They searched His body for some I.D.
but found there none!
But in His hand he held so tight
one tin Flag, which read:
Oh I am proud for I have served
For with this FlagI shall stand
For the Freedomin this promised Land
Much, much taller then the man
who shall pry this One Tin Flag
From my cold, cold hand.
© July 4, 1989, John T. Slovenz
Formerly: One Tin Flag, renamed The Patriot, 8/7/2001