Planting the Flag, by John Grey

One more planet,
one more symbol of ambition
finding its equivalent
in gray rock, standing tall
above a plain,
where coarse, dry wind
allows nothing to grow.

This world is asteroid-battered,
fire-storm scarred,
of indeterminable age.
I jet pack to its peak
and plant a flag:
Earth’s emblem,
to flutter in future sky.

It’s a flap of power,
conquest on a pole,
a tribute to man
until its shredded,
a pioneer’s act
adorning the massive inviolable stone,
which millenniums cannot crumble
nor fleeting pride make proud.


John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains ReviewStillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana ReviewColumbia College Literary Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.   

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Posted on December 21, 2016, in Issue 19: Speculative Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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