Piotr Gwiazda



Listen to the flag.
Can you hear it sing?

Pull me down, kiss me, and fold,
unfold, stain, trample, tear up,
burn -- and then hoist me again.

Can you hear it sing?

The flag, a wave in the air.
The flag, a wavering eye.

Stop, it looks right at you.

The flag, at you.



Piotr Gwiazda is the author of Gagarin Street (Washington Writers' Publishing House, 2005), in which “The Flag” was originally published. His poems have recently appeared in Attic, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, and Swink. He teaches modern and contemporary poetry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.