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mail box w tags

standing ‘at ease’ is a tarnished red flag
attached to a rusted box made of steel

wearing a halo known as his ‘tags’
metal he earned on some foreign field

weathered wood was his final resting place
now gray with time like the soldier he’d become

wearing a three-day stubble on his veteran face
he was the only enemy he would kill with his gun

now his empty mailbox is painted brown with rust
his dog tags still dangle loosely at the side

seems he was the only soldier he could trust
so he hung them by that flag just before he died