A Patriotic Tanka and The ABCs of Independence Day

Monday, June 29, 2009

Reading-- The Serpent's Shadow, by Mercedes Lackey
Listening to-- tv

every 4th of July
resounding booms herald colorful
bursts of light--
night becomes day as we look to
the heavens, celebrating our freedom

June 28, 2009

The ABCs of Independence Day
A is for...America,
The country of my birth;
The land that I love so dear...
...the land of the free and the home of the brave!

B is for...Bald Eagle,
Our national bird, majestic and beautiful.
It soars high above us
On invisible currents of air,
Reminding us how lucky we are to be free!

C is for The...Constitution...
We the People of the United States,
In Order to form a more perfect Union,
Establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,
Provide for the common defense, promote the general
Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
Ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain
And establish this Constitution for
The United States of America.

D is for The...Declaration of Independence...
We hold these truths to be self-evident,
That all men are created equal,
That they are endowed by their Creator
With certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

E is for...England,
The land of our first forefathers,
From whom we gained our independence.
Once 13 of its colonies, we now
Are a nation 50 states strong!

F is for...Fireworks
That we joyfully set off every Fourth of July.
Red, blue, gold, silver and green
Sparks of light explode in the night sky
As we all "Oooo" and "Aaahhh" in pleasure.

G is for...Good food
That Dad and Mom prepare for us,
Dad out at the grill,
Mom inside, cutting up the watermelon
And finishing with the potato salad.

H is for the...Hotness...
Of the day as we line the streets,
Watching parade floats and displays go by.
The sun's heat soaks into our skin,
Turning our flesh a tender pink.

I is for...Independence Day--
The day we celebrate our freedom
From tyranny and oppression. The day the Declaration
Of Independence was ratified by the Second
Continental Congress.

J is for...Jesus Christ,
Who guides our lives, Who inspired
Our forefathers in their revolutionary endeavors
In creating a free nation.
"In God we trust."

K is for...King...
Something George Washington refused to be.
On April 30, 1789 he became
Our first President of the newly-formed
United States of America.

L is for...Lady Liberty,
Who stands tall, silent and graceful in
New York's harbor, welcoming visitors,
Immigrants, and returning Americans to our country.

M is for...Music...
Set to a breathtaking fireworks display.
The Star-Spangled Banner,
My Country 'Tis of Thee,
God Bless the USA...and more.
All arouse in me great pride in,
And deep gratitude for those who fought
To preserve our freedom and other
Unalienable rights.

N is for...Nine/eleven,
Or Patriot Day. The day
That changed our lives forever. Terrorists
Thought to bring us low, to
Destroy our morale, but instead,
All they succeeded in doing was unite us
And bring us closer to God.

O is for...Old Glory,
Our nation's flag. The Red,
White and Blue Star-Spangled Banner.
You're a grand old flag, /
You're a high flying flag, /
And forever in peace may you wave.

P is for the...Pledge of Allegiance...
I pledge allegiance to the Flag
Of the United States of America,
And to the Republic for which it stands:
One Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

Q is for...Quenching
My thirst with a nice cold
Bottle of Pepsi, my cola of choice!
"Refresh Everything"... Gotta have my Pepsi!

R is for...Rose,
Our nation's flower...
By proclamation, President Ronald Reagan,
As requested by Congress, designated
The Rose to be our floral emblem,
Symbolizing Life, Love, Devotion, Beauty and Eternity.

S is for...The Star-Spangled Banner,
Our national anthem written during the
War of 1812 by Francis Scott Key
After he witnessed the bombardment
Of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore.
Whose broad stripes and bright stars
Through the perilous fight, /
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? /
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs
Bursting in air, / Gave proof through the night
That our flag was still there.

T is for...Two hundred thirty-three years
Of being a sovereign nation as of
This year. Our nation may be young
Compared to others, but it's seen its fair share
Of wars, expansion, economic depression
And prosperity. It's been led by 44
Different men somewhat successfully into
The 21st century.

U is for...Uncle Sam,
The national personification of the United States.
He is often seen on posters, wearing clothes
Reminiscent of our flag and pointing
A finger at viewers, with the slogan
"I want you" underneath him.

V is for...View.
As darkness descends we all want
An unimpeded view of the fireworks show
That will be the finale to a
Wonderful holiday.

W is for...Washington, D.C.,
Our nation's capital. On September 9, 1791,
The federal city was named in honor
Of George Washington, and the district was named
The Territory of Columbia. Congress held
Its first session in Washington on November 17, 1800.

X is for..."X"citement
Of the holiday that I feel every year.
It is a chance for my family
To get together, eat good food,
Watch fireworks and celebrate our freedom.

Y is for the...Yankee Doodle Boy...
I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, /
A Yankee Doodle, do or die; /
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam's, /
Born on the Fourth of July. /
I've got a Yankee Doodle sweetheart, /
She's my Yankee Doodle joy. /
Yankee Doodle came to London, just to ride the ponies; /
I am the Yankee Doodle Boy.

Z is for...Zzzzs...
After a long day of fun and celebration
It is time to wind down and...
Dream anything I like.

June 29, 2009

I know it's not quite July yet, but I was in a patriotic mood and I couldn't resist. And doing this ABC poem for the Fourth of July was quite informative; I know more about my own country now than I ever did previously.

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