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Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to America

By Michael Jay ·
A lot of people put down America, there are people full of hate everywhere.

I am not one of those, I am truly proud to be an American.

I found this poem before the sun came up today and I feel that I must share it.


Patriotism

Days come and go to celebrate the nation
Today is the day of independence
Day after day, there is the sound of explosions
Dancing in the street and the smell of burning charcoal

There is a parade down the street
So many people dressed up
Doing back flips down the street
Or the sound of Sousa from the marching band

Seems the music is full of pride
So much flag-waving
So much excitement
A celebration of nationalism

Yet the mind wonders if this is patriotic
So much play,
The flag perhaps a decoration more than a symbol
Could the day be an excuse for fellowship?

The mind wonders what constitutes love of country
Is country an extension of family?
Is it the idea of home, spread beyond the neighborhood?
Is it a willingness to sacrifice?

The ears hear words from old speeches
Calls to conserve and save,
Calls to consider what to do for the community
Calls to look out for neighbors and family

The ears hear words from the new speeches
Calls to spend and boost the economy
Calls to find a comfortable life
Calls not to fear or plan for the future

The mind is confused by what the ears hear
So many changes one decade to another
The old way was one of community
The new way is selfishness

Perhaps Patriotism is not found in flag-waving
Perhaps it is not found in seeking happiness
Perhaps the previous generation had it right
Love of country is shown through love of neighbor


Thanks so much for making it to this point, I have had a super day off from work, so nice to play with the grandkids and just have fun.

A very Happy and Blessed 4th of July to all.

Be safe and take care.

By the way, the poem was written by Michael Jay, not me but another one and let me give credit to his efforts.

http://michaeldavidjay.wordpress.com/

Best to all,
Michael.

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Beautiful Poem!

by Tig2 In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Ha ...

Thank you for posting it and the gentle reminder that love of country is not a bad thing and love of fellow man isn't either.

It always surprises me how many flags get pulled out of the closet on Flag Day and suddenly show up on people's houses. Our flag is up every day of the year. We take retired flags up into the woods when we camp and burn them. They do not touch the ground.

Why is that important? Because we love and cherish this symbol of America.

Have a wonderful holiday, all!

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Excellent Michael...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Ha ...

thank you. Sometimes it's hard to get past mundania long enough to stop and smell the roses. Got my whiff for today! :)

A fabulous 4th to all.

edit the usual

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A safe and happy time for you and yours

by jdclyde In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Ha ...

Lots of celebrating going on, may everyone stay safe to see another great year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94JQS6itgYI
Heather Martin - God Bless America

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LSarhZpnMs
God Bless America - Celine Dion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RssIN3ustUw
Lee Greenwood - God Bless The USA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyCRSZjtYBI
Steve Vai - "Star Spangled Banner"

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Thanks JD

by Michael Jay In reply to A safe and happy time for ...

That was a very fine Friday Night Music type tribute.

This old man thanks you.

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A time and place for everything

by jdclyde In reply to Thanks JD

and those songs say it better than I could ever hope to.

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Happy 4th back to you, MJ

by NickNielsen In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Ha ...

Just got in from watching the neighbors shoot theirs off. Not too shabby, about a half-hour display. Plus we had a good t'storm this afternoon, so not much fire danger.

But my poor puppies are cowering in the dog house.

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Man, I LOVE a good thunderstorm...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Happy 4th back to you, MJ

sit on the porch and watch the lightning strike, listen to the rainfall and the wind in the trees, then boom! and the wineglass nearly drops to the floor. Awesome, awesome.

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You should have

by Michael Jay In reply to Man, I LOVE a good thunde ...

seen the thunder storm here, 2 hours solid of insane fireworks going off, it was great.

Had there been a thunderstorm we would not even have heard it.

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Mother Nature's light show

by NickNielsen In reply to Man, I LOVE a good thunde ...

Nothing better!

Unfortunately, I have trees blocking the view from the porch, so I get lots of light but not much show.

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Well it is the 5th

by Michael Jay In reply to Happy 4th of July, and Ha ...

of July.

My crazy redneck neighbor is moving out to a new house but as a goodbye he burned nearly 1000 bucks of fireworks.

The show was awesome, thanks Dennis for the show.

Tried to take some pix of the show, don't know what I got but I will review them tomorrow and post any that are good.

Best to all.
Mike

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