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This poem is taken from Poetry Nation 1 Number 1, 1973.

Newspaper Story Michael Hamburger
Newspaper Story

Santa Barbara News Press
Feb. 16th, 1973

I.


In Hartford City, Indiana,
Lived a factory worker, Gary,
Patriotic enough to invest
What little cash he could spare
In US Savings Bonds.
His reward came in the shape
Of a flag. But not rich enough
To own a house, an apartment
Or a flagpole on which to hang it,
Gary pinned up the flag
In his minibus as a curtain.

II.

When Gary was arrested
For desecrating the flag
His hair was noted to be
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