4th of July: Song or Sigh?

Written by Susan Noyes Anderson on . Posted in Holiday Poems, Patriotic Poems

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We the People

Declaration of Independence.
Pilgrims’ feet, well-planted.
Heritage and brave forefathers:
all taken for granted.

Continental Congress,
Articles, Confederation.
Patrick Henry, Paul Revere:
heroes of our nation.

Words forgotten in a breath:
“Give me liberty or give me death.”
“English coming,” warning ride.
Things revered now tossed aside.

Thomas Jefferson turned knave,
fresh dirt thrown into his grave.
Lots of blame to go around:
so much lost; so little found.

Citizens left in the cold.
Congress putting them on hold.
(Keepers of one dream: their own.)
Unity stripped to the bone.

Cynicism honed as art,
curling into every heart,
smothering the hope within.
Are we out or are we in?

Shall we sing or shall we sigh?
Will our glory pass us by?

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I sincerely hope it will not pass us by.
Our nation’s strength is her citizens,
and this American is all the way in.

Happy 4th of July!

{some things will always be worth fighting for}

founding-fathers

when patriotism was fashionable
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