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One Red Flag

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One Red Flag

As I look around me, I see beauty that my eyes have never seen before….like taking in a majestic view of the Rockies…I never knew that beauty such as this existed. I feel ever so fortunate to have stumbled across this, surreal, breathtaking, making my heart skip a beat…air so crisp…no thoughts, only seeing what’s there….the splendor of it all, hearing nature exist, the striking landscape, the fresh pine scent, not believing what my eyes are seeing. Wondering how much longer could something so astonishing last, experiencing this all for the first time, I soak it in. Delightful, feeling free, I stretch out my arms and just spin around, like a little girl in a field of flowers….until I hear a sound. A sound that doesn’t belong in this picture, almost like a flapping sound. I scan the valley, the mountains, the lake, being so blind by the exquisiteness, I find it hard to find the source of this noise … this noise that is interrupting my happiness in my moment. Searching and searching …I find where the sound is deriving from….standing alone in the distance, almost lost in the surrounding scenery…is one solitary red flag. Flapping in the pine scented wind, the red flag is dominating, even from a distance. Had it been there all along? How could I have not seen it? Was I that blinded by my regal surroundings that I never saw it? Like a stain, the flag is ruining everything, taking away from the beauty I behold. But this flag is all too familiar. I have walked through a field full of them, like weeds among flowers, I tried to walk around them, to smell the flowers….but eventually all the flowers wilted…until I was in a field of flags…crimson red flags. But this is only one…one flag…will I choose to ignore it in order to be surrounded by this beauty…or does the flag make it all seem like a dream that fades away…will I find myself amongst more red flags…until I’m tripping over them …or will I walk up to the flag and pull it up out of the ground and throw it away…in order to stay blinded by this beauty….who would have thought…that one red flag…would play such a important part in my life….one….red…flag….

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  1. Date: 11/24/2011 12:18:00 AM
    RRR, ;-) stopping by to wish you and everyone a happy THANKSGIVING! AND CONGRATULATIONS IN THE contest`" Have yourself a wonderful and lovely holiday. God Bless,.. p.d.

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 6:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Joe Flach's "A Dilemma" contest Shauna. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/22/2011 5:57:00 PM
    Congrats on HM for this contest..excellent lines..luv..

  1. Date: 8/2/2011 6:26:00 PM
    i want to know what the flag is. and wonder makes for good writing. I had trouble reading the one extended line across the page as I kept losing my place. All the words eventually came through to me and I ended up enjoying the poem. I do read a lot of prose. You should check out Charles Bukowski. He is the freaking master of prose. He was an old drunk, who told it like it is. No BS. You would love him.

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    Date: 8/2/2011 6:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ya not sure why it posted it as one continuing line...my bad...went back and fixed it...thanks! Any red flag...can't be good...I'll check out Charles! Glad you liked it!