Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FLAG OF PEACE, by CHARLOTTE PERKINS STETSON GILMAN

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THE FLAG OF PEACE, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Men long have fought for their flying flags
Last Line: The rainbow flag of peace!
Alternate Author Name(s): Stetson, Charlotte Perkins
Subject(s): Death; Earth; Nations; Peace; Soldiers; War; Dead, The; World

Men long have fought for their flying flags,
They have died those flags to save;
Their long staves rest on the shattered breast,
They are planted deep in the grave.
Now the world's new flag is streaming wide,
Far-flying wide and high.
It shall cover the earth from side to side
As the rainbow rings the sky.

The flag of the day when men shall stand
For service, not for fight;
When every race, in every land,
Shall join for the world's delight;
When all our flags shall blend in one,
And all our wars shall cease,
'Neath the new flag, the true flag,
The rainbow flag of peace.

On a field of white that bow above
Shall arch the world across,
And all the colors that we love
Glow there without a loss.
Orange and green in union new,
Proud gold and violet fair,
With world-beloved red, white and blue
Shall shine together there.

Green from the earth that holds us one,
All blue of sky and sea,
And the golden hue of that great sun
In whose light our life must be.
Red for the blood of brotherhood,
White for the soul's release,—
The new flag! The true flag!
The rainbow flag of peace!

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