To bury the flag,
begin by finding a dignified wooden box.
It should be of good quality and construction,
not any run-of-the-mill shoebox.
Take yourself to a craft store.
Find something of artisanal craftsmanship and a sturdy design.
One of America’s largest flag manufacturing companies, CF Flag,
reports, in 2005, that half of their red, white, and blue products
are produced by the hands of Mexican workers.
This box will serve as the flag’s vessel as it is interred into the ground.
Eight miles from the US border
the bodies of 500 women have been found disposed of
in the desert of Juárez, Mexico.
Many disassembled completely,
resembling plastic parts in a factory.
Fold the flag correctly and respectfully.
Place it in the box, and then bury it in the ground.
Eight of Mexico’s 17 largest corporations
are US owned,
60% of the workers being women and young girls.
Most of the attacks are reported to occur on the victim’s trip home from work.
US representatives claim this is not a United States issue.
You may even consider giving your flag a short funeral,
give a speech on the importance of the flag,
and then stand at attention as the flag is lowered into the ground.
Claudia Yvette González’s body
was recognized only by a white blouse attached to a skeleton.
Several girls are yet to be found.
Observe a moment of silence as the flag is buried.
You may even choose to mark the burial location
with a small, patriotic marker.
Do you look at the rows of flags ever,
and see only an assembly line?
(cheers and applause)
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