Dogs 2010

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
(6/15/10)


4th of July
was nearing
but Old Glory
hanging
from the front
of the house
was tattered
and the pole
bent
due falling
branches
from Spring
storms

"you need
to get out
and fix
that thing"

she told him
repeatedly

one day
he got
the ladder
from the
garage
carried it
out front
and hefted
his heavy
66 year old frame
up the metal
steps

the pole
was really
jammed
in the
bracket

he yanked
and jerked
but it would
not
budge

finally
foot to wall
he gave it
one more
mighty pull

the metal parts
parted
the ladder
tipped
and in
slow motion
he battled
to regain
his balance

past the point
of no return
he opted
to ride it down
leg extended
to break
his fall

his foot
landed hard
and he pivoted
as the ladder
spun about
him

inertia not
in his favor
he fell over
backward
tensing
in anticipation
landing shoulders first
head snapping
back
slamming
the ground
to bounce
one sickly
time

later
in the hospital
blood on brain
and one leg
paralyzed
he contemplated
the coming
holiday

"fuck
the flag"

he told
her