"Independence Day Celebration in Centre Square, Philadelphia" by John Lewis Krimmel, 1819Four Poems for the Fourth of July The Society July 4, 2018 Beauty, Culture, Deconstructing Communism, News of Note, Poetry 8 Comments Two Lives by Michael Maibach When soldiers die, They give two lives. The one they had, And the one denied. The spouse not met, The child unknown, The life unsaved, The welcome home. The hill unclimbed, The beach unseen, The books unread, The field un-gleaned. The chance to see Their daughter bride, To guide their son On his first ride. Friends not made, The Christmas tree, The job not done Life’s victories. The end of war That took their life. How homeland healed From bloody strife. So many parts Of their one chance Denied to them By battle’s lance. When soldiers march To defend their Rome – Pray nightly prayers That they’ll come home. Oh Say, Can You See… Abortion? by Anonymous Oh say, can you see In the home of the brave That the vulture of death Has replaced the bald eagle? And this hideous bird Singing songs of the grave With the foulest of breath Is considered now regal? But we don’t give up hope For a change soon will come When life will be sacred For all, not just some, And the star-spangled banner That hangs now in shame Will be cleansed of this sin And restored to its fame. An Appeal for Proof through the Night by J. Simon Harris In the immense black night the fireworks burn the skies with multicolored light— today is the fourth of July, the day of the declaration of our nation’s independence. The bombs affirm our nation— in all the separate senses of the word—but tonight…drowned, they are, by the rain falling, the colorful rockets’ sound inundated by the calling in the heavens: our thunder blasts my hair back tonight—tonight our pale lightning casts across those dark skies and washes out the little light show, as a cloud’s shadow that has settled over the sun will drown the shadow of a man in shade. So can a country drown itself within itself. So can the sundry warcries of the pundits drown the cries of citizens with warcries echoed now by the same citizens. But not tonight—no, tonight, the natural thunder of the people rumbles, low but pervasive: let it crawl under the skin and nails of the pundits. Let thundering reason smother the bombs tonight! Thunder with me tonight, my brothers! Citizens: repeat and hear your thunder, your voice above the booming in your ears: whatever it is, make noise my brothers! my sisters! Stand and cease to listen!: we are not ape, not parrot, but Man and Woman: not echoing moons, but stars. July 4th Celebration 2018 Written June 30, 2018 by Roy E. Peterson May your steaks taste great to you, And your potato salad too. May your flag wave bold and free. Celebrate our liberty. May you see a great parade, From somewhere that’s in the shade. May all the fireworks be outside. May your dog find a place to hide! When your day is said and done, May you not get too much sun. May we be safe is what I pray On this Independence Day. 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) 8 Responses Beverly July 4, 2018 Bravo, Michael Malbach Reply Michael Maibach July 4, 2018 Thank you Beverly! Michael Reply Amy Foreman July 4, 2018 Very enjoyable medley for the Fourth. I especially appreciated Anonymous’s solemn social commentary, with its nod to Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner.” On a day when we celebrate our own independence, we do well to remember those who are refused any one of our inalienable Rights to ” . . . Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Thank you for that, Anonymous. Reply Susan Marshall July 4, 2018 Two Lives, by Michael Maibach – Great Work for the 4th of July! Good reminder all of the time! God Bless America! Reply J. Simon Harris July 4, 2018 Mr. Maibach, thank you for your excellent poem on Independence Day. The first stanza is beautiful, and could really stand alone as an entire poem. I hope you’ve all had a great day celebrating our country. Our troops sacrifice so much for us. Praying for their safe return is the least we can do. God bless America and those who have given their lives for us – lives lost, and lives denied. Reply Dave Whippman July 5, 2018 “Two Lives” is terse, punchy and effective. Reply Thomas Oh July 6, 2018 Mr. Maibach, I enjoyed reading your poem. As a Soldier myself, I think it tells a story very well. Hope you have a great weekend! Reply Norma June 15, 2019 Two Lives is great. Thank goodness men and women keep abortion as a right. 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