July 4th poem: “I am the Declaration of Independence,” by Genie Keller
July 4, 1976, the United States celebrated its Bicentennial. In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. As the N Y Times board blog says: "It makes sense to think of the Fourth of July as the start of a season and not as a one-day holiday moored off by itself. But it takes the éclat of a single, explosive day to capture the sense of release, the promise, of the Declaration of Independence."
Here's a magnificent poem by our friend and neighbor Genie Keller, written on July 4, 2003, capturing the essence of the Declaration of Independence. You'll find other poems of Genie's in the Writing Matters archives. ---JGR
I AM THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
by Genie Keller
I was born in 1776 on the 4th of July
Amid strife and the burning question of, why?
My aim to succeed in every way
To Bless my people with hope everyday.
My every word took a solemn beginning
The anticipation of futures and also of winning.
I was written with skill from far above
With meaningful words, blended with love.
The pattern was struck into every mind
To explain what was there for all mankind.
The Truth of the Right belongs to all men
To protect it and Guard it, secured to the end.
Now with hope in our hearts and the will of the state
With life, liberty and pursuit of happiness,
OR, our fate
I pledged to each person, the promise of peace
For Loyalty and Independence never to cease.
I wrote to protect us in all of our Rights
And grant us much strength through out all of the nights.
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