I pledge allegiance to the flag
At school, with all my friends
While one girl sits there silently,
And one boy just pretends
And three don’t mention “under God”,
Just roll their eyes and wait
And two more use the pledge to sneak
To class a little late.
There’s one or two who think it’s cool
To monitor the rest
To see who says the pledge; who loves
America the best
But most of us just wonder
Who this pledge is really for
And count the days till we don’t have
To say it any more.
Today marks the 120th anniversary of the publication of the original pledge of allegiance to the flag, which went:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Strange… I find out that it was 1954 when “under God” was officially added. That means I should never have heard it as “one nation indivisible”… but I distinctly remember, in grade school, saying “one nation indivisible”, and being confused (by the change, not the concept, at the time) when “under God” started showing up. Did I have subversive (read: smart) teachers?