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!
All celebrating our independence!
Happy 242nd Birthday, America!
Still there are wars and unrest,
We are put to the test.
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