Winning the Pulitzer
by Zach Gomes

Afterwards, Stanley said of the event,
“Everything started to happen…”
What did he do? He snapped photos,
He called one The Soiling of Old Glory.
The even horizontal of the flagpole
Would be likened by critics to the engraving
Of the Boston Massacre.
“I saw him going down
And rolling over.”
Before the incident, the protesters
Recited the pledge of allegiance,
Hands over hearts.
Stanley was on the scene—
It all happened in 20 seconds.
“He was being hit with the flagpole.
I switched lenses.”

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