A photo of the cracked Liberty Bell‘Cracked Liberty Bell’ and Other Poetry by Peter Venable The Society September 6, 2022 Beauty, Culture, Humor, Poetry 2 Comments . Cracked Liberty Bell July the 4th—Independence. Many bands play. Parades pass by— Fireworks fly. __Rocket’s red glare . . . 1900. A song was sung From old to young: Lift every voice— They sang, rejoiced! __And shunned despair. Stoney we trod. Bitter our rod. True to our God, Who by His might Led us to light. __The flag still there . . . Through many years and floods of tears, Faced hate and sneers . . . Thank God we pray— Faith shows the way __The cross we bear. . . Dante Reprise . Inferno I heard a law of life has this refrain: Whatever we free; whatever we chain, Defines our fate in our final domain. . Purgatorio As I walk through the gate in earth’s terrain, I fight the venom flowing through each vein. My Guide’s embrace lets me endure life’s pain. . Paradiso He took my hand and said “I must explain. My love for you, the cosmos can’t contain. Come follow me and see where Light does reign.” . . Lunar Halved The moon at noon is pale and frail. Its gut is cut: jet’s trail. Sky scale! . . Peter Venable has been writing poetry for 50 years. He has been published in Windhover, Third Wednesday, Time of Singing, The Merton Seasonal, American Vendantist, The Anglican Theological Review, and others. He is a member of the Winston Salem Writers. On the whimsical side, he has been published in Bluepepper, Parody, Laughing Dog, The Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online (e. g. # 48) and the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News: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) 2 Responses Roy E. Peterson September 6, 2022 I enjoyed your three poems, but especially “Cracked Liberty Bell.” The final line is something all patriots share! Reply Cheryl Corey September 6, 2022 I like the trio of “Dante Reprise”. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.