Michael J Shay
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Something is amiss. We are
Free as any Independence Day,
The sun is hot, beaches filled,
The grills are aflame this afternoon
Later the fireworks will begin,
Driving the dog under the table,
Howling low like this once a year,
As tribute to freedom.
But the masks, the suspicious
Eyes as we picked up the
Crabs and clams, my mother and
Father in their apartment separated
From us because of a looming
Doctor’s appointment next week,
The loud highway, the silence of
The pool outback, all give a
Eerie charm to contemplate what
Freedom is and was and what
Started a nation based on its
Principles, when even the least
Most privileged to our nation felt
Infringed this spring. But I will
Celebrate here with words that
Race across the screen saying
I don’t want this nation ever to
Stop believing it is free even when
We collapse to reality and resentment,
Falling asleep to un-sure tomorrows.
As long as voice of protest sounds,
As long as we shift our weight when
The flag recalls how heavy freedom is
To protect and caress and share
And sing together on this stage
A thousand grateful nods to what
Could easily be taken away;
We are free, as any Independence Day.
How is Independence Day different this year? What are your thoughts on Hamilton the play being shown on Disney? What freedom can you not live without? Write your ideas on freedom and how America can achieve the principles it once set out for itself?
Word of the Day – Manumit
What I am Reading – The Little Paris Bookshop
What I am Listening to – Little Women
I am a poet, father, writer, teacher who lives in the Philadelphia area. I have taught high school English for over 20 years and believe that the practice of writing and reading each day makes us better humans and thinkers.
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