Happy 4th of July, and Happy Birthday to AmericaLocked
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.
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.
Best to all,