Two Flags: Noon, January 20, 2017


At noon tomorrow,

in our hearts

the Flag descends

in mourning to half-staff,

and our symbols weep.

But the American story is not over:

We Pledge a New Allegiance to Our Oldest Flag




O  beautiful for patriots’ dream

That sees beyond the years

Thine alabaster cities gleam

Undimmed by human tears!

America, America,

God shed Her grace on  thee:

Erase the stain of selfish gain

From the banner of the free;

And end the pain of race disdain

To make full justice be!


We pledge allegiance to THIS flag,
Sewn in freedom’s fabric
At our birthing-time of transformation --
And to the future Republic
For which it seeks to stand:
One nation, diverse and indivisible --

[Choose to say one or more of the following or another phrase that accords with your own personal beliefs, or if you prefer, to pause and remain silent for a space while others say what they choose:] Under God, Wrestling God, Embodying God, Surrendering to God, Doubting God, Yearning for God, Living without God]

Giving to Bigotry No Sanction,
To Persecution No Assistance --
Seeking Liberty and Justice and Community,
Health and a Decent Livelihood,
Honorable Work and Joyful Rest for all;
Peace with all Peoples,
And Healing for the Earth.