Our Flag

Fiction By Libby // 4/18/2018

When I awoke in the morning, my anxiety returned. Were the Americans still fighting? Was their flag, or the British flag standing? I was eager, yet frightened to know what had happened. Trying to see through the dawn with my own eyes proved to be a challenge, for I could strain them no longer. I earnestly hoped that the horrible, gruesome fight yesterday had not brought the Americans to surrender. Grabbing a spyglass from my pack, I returned to my post. I took a deep breath before I looked through it, fearing that the worst had come. Then I brought the glass up to my eye and tried to focus. My hands were shaking so it was hard to see—but suddenly I caught a glimpse of red and white stripes…then blue with dotted white…yes, it was our flag, still waving in the midst of all the smoke and bombs, proudly and bravely. It stood there, a banner defying the British, and I knew we were not lost!

Comments

It takes me back...

This is great Libby! It takes me back to those days as if I were standing in Francis Scott Key's shoes. It makes me think of the second verse:

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner — O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

James | Wed, 04/18/2018

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Thank you, James. I was

Thank you, James. I was hoping that I could do something of the sort, capturing what I thought was the mood of Francis Scott Key as he was held aboard the enemy's ship, awaiting the fate of the Americans. I'm glad you felt what I hoped to convey. Thanks so much!

Libby | Thu, 04/19/2018

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!" -- John Piper

I like it! Well written and

I like it! Well written and captivating, regardless of how short it is.

Damaris Ann | Fri, 05/11/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

I'm glad you like it! Thank

I'm glad you like it! Thank you!

Libby | Sun, 05/13/2018

“The gospel alone is the power of God unto salvation.
Therefore, suffer, yes. Be misunderstood, yes. Be shamed, yes. But do not be ashamed. For the joy set before you, take up your cross, follow Jesus, be shamed and despise the shame!" -- John Piper