Emme Konstantine


Looking Up


When I look up...
I see it rippling, like the sails on grand old boats
Showing off its vibrant colors; red, white, and blue
Contrasted against the pale, soft sunrise
Curling fabric sewn with pride and respect
As durable and everlasting as the freedom it represents

When I look up...
Reflected in its royal blue, staring into the past
I see a history, a story, an origin, a part of who I am
The battles won and lost; in war and in peace
For justice, for rights, for equality
My homeland

Embedded in those red stripes, I see fire
The fire that lights my eyes
That gives me purpose, a noble cause
I see the blood of those lost but not forgotten
Of the warriors who fought and fight forever

In the pureness of the white
I see honor, courage, and commitment
A divine quality, something inside the heart
That tugs at the frays of the soul

When I look up...
I see more than a flag, I see my calling

When you look up...
What do you see?

Submitted: Friday, June 14, 2013
Edited: Friday, June 14, 2013
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This poem is dedicated to all the men and women in uniform. Thank you for your service!

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