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In America: Remember

Betsy Holleman Burke

Not poppies here but acres of white flags

seize the morning breeze. By a trick

of light a school of menhaden dart


under an ocean of death --

shimmer, scatter on the wind

up the hill, a pod of dolphins flash.


Faceless dead command attention at last

flags hold names, pictures, entire families

a woman wearing angel wings.

Flags by Washington Monuments

Nearly 700,000 flags in memoriam of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo taken on the National Mall.

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