Thursday, July 5, 2018

Jubilant July by Joan LaCombe

Jubilant July

For Americans, July is a star-spangled month,
Starting with a bang on the Glorious Fourth.
Fireworks, concerts, crowds cheering,
 marching bands, flags waving.
Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!
Patriotism personified.
All celebrating our independence!
Happy 242nd Birthday, America!

Still there are wars and unrest,
We are put to the test.
We pray--
For faith, freedom, family, and country,
  For statesmen, rather than politicians.
For life and liberty, now so clearly in jeopardy.
For encouraging truth, not redefining it.
For a return to sanity, eliminating profanity.
For Members of Congress–that they will be 
Profiles in Courage 
Rather than silhouettes of timidity!

The month, named so aptly for Julius Caesar,
A nominal reminder-- 
“Let us render to Caesar what is Caesar’s
And to God what is God’s.”  

–Joan M. Lacombe
                   Aiken's  Poet Laureate
 July 4, 2018

Posted by Lucinda Clark
Poetry Matters Project