"Declaration of Independence" by John TrumbullThe 4th Day of July, 2017 The Society July 4, 2017 Culture, Poetry 17 Comments Post your patriotic July 4th poetry in the comments section below. by Usa W. Celebride “The cement of this union is the heart-blood of every American.” —Thomas Jefferson The 4th Day of July, America, hey, celebrates! with fireworks and flags, the birth of these United States. Traditional Americans sing patriotic songs, have barbecues and picnics, maybe watch parades in throngs. We are reminded of the Declaration from UK, the document our fathers signed on Independence Day, the basis on which we here now encase our government, with words that thrill, “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” “all…are created equal,” and “by their Creator” blessed with these, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Twelve score and one—the years are gone—I hope as many more America will stay the course, from shore to sea-washed shore. Usa W. Celebride is poet living in Washington State. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 17 Responses Charles Southerland July 4, 2017 Our Republic We must resist the neo-Monarchists, the Oligarchs and Fascists to survive– demand them to desist and cease their lists of mediocrity and sameness. Strive, achieve perfection of the Union, save the binds that tie us to our God, our friends, our kin, assimilate the stranger, pave our common heritage in love, the ends of which will light the world from high above. We must defend the Constitution’s heft, restore our schools, and give the Left a shove, push back against the darkened tide, bereft of decency or morals. All these things which we must do require sacrifice. We’ve little time to celebrate this day. It’s time for us to jump into the fray. Reply Wilbur Dee Case July 4, 2017 Mr. Southerland, an excellent concluding couplet, your call to action. Reply Father Richard Libby July 4, 2017 America, the Free The day of Independence, That patriotic day! We celebrate it yearly, With luminous display, And bells and games and picnics. From sea to shining sea, We celebrate our nation, America, the free! The colonists protested And bravely took a stand, But, still, the King of England Ruled with a heavy hand. Declaring independence from George’s tyranny, They gave us a new nation: America, the free! Today, we rightly honor Those brave and stalwart men. We live now with the freedom That they envisioned then. Our God has blessed our nation; Let’s praise Him endlessly, And celebrate, each summer, America, the free! Reply Will July 4, 2017 Great work there, Father Poet!! The essence of Independence Day captured wonderfully!!! Reply Father Richard Libby July 4, 2017 Thank you, Will! Sandy Powell July 5, 2017 Awesome job! You are really good at this Reply Father Richard Libby July 5, 2017 Thank you, Sandy! Jcturcotte July 6, 2017 Great poem ! Hit the Ail on the head. Reply Jcturcotte July 6, 2017 Hit the nail on the head.reactions Father Richard Libby July 7, 2017 Thank you, Jean Claire! Monika K. July 8, 2017 Awesome, Fr. Libby! You’re simply the BEST!!! Reply Linda McKamie July 8, 2017 Dear Father Libby, You are so gifted in many ways I know but I must tell you how much I am enjoying this gift of poetry that you share with us, it is good for the spirit and I pray you will continue to share with us this gift that Our Lord has entrusted to you for the good of us all. God bless you. Reply Cornelius M Hayes III July 9, 2017 Beautifully done Father Libby. Can’t wait to see the next one. Reply Father Richard Libby July 11, 2017 Monika, Linda, Neil – thank you all very much! Lorna Davis July 4, 2017 O Liberty! You stand beside the sea And lift your lamp to all humanity. To kings and tyrants, you say “Nevermore!”, And offer freedom here upon your shore. But freedom is a tricky, two-edged sword Whose slick misuse must never be ignored, For freedom, exercised without restraint, Gives rise to valid grievance and complaint. The simple man seeks freedom from duress, The overlord seeks freedom to oppress, While business, crying “Freedom!”, may demand The right to poison water, air and land. Your blessings are secured, O Liberty, When thoughtful laws protect your citizenry. Reply Wilbur Dee Case July 8, 2017 Although Mr. Celebride’s “The 4th Day of July, 2017” is a much shorter work than Dryden’s “Astraea Redux,” it falls in to that same category of verse, an occasional work in celebration of a public event. The first line open with a call out, “hey,” much in the manner of “Beowulf.” It is a poem more reminiscent of Longfellow, or secondarily Emerson, than of Whitman, Eliot, or Lowell. The poem is a fairly straightforward piece, like those expected, official verses poet laureates would compose. The interest of the poem lies in the condensed details chosen, the subtle use of alliteration, how Jefferson’s prose is brought into the iambic heptameters, and the final couplet, which plays off Lincoln (and Shakespeare indirectly), and transforms Katherine Lee Bates’ famous phrase, “from sea to shining sea,” to “from shore to sea-washed shore.” Reply Sally Cook July 10, 2017 For Charles Southerland — As always a readable, musical poem of substance. 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