So stiff the red white and blue,
So high, catching wind.
A friend in a state prison.
A friend in a federal prison.
A friend caught in federal parole and conviction regulations.
A friend out of federal immigration detention, under scrutiny.
Rip on flag, so determined.
Those four under the flag, under piles of records,
So low you’ve gone,
So low you’ve been placed ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early July 2015