Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July! - Poem #95 - Tonight

Raining Fireworks
Photo by Mark LV

Last night, watching the sky over Varysburg, NY, I tried to let each firestar remind me of a different right we have as American citizens.

Tricia's cento challenge combined with my husband's comment about the word-beauty in THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE gave me the idea to mix my words with the words of our country.  Below you can find the lifted lines.

"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.  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....And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

We had a good laugh over here about whether it would be legal to copy this much of THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.  Mark said, "If anything is in the public domain, this is!"

For more information about The Founding Fathers, read here at the United States National Archives

Students - history is quite a story-land of poems.  From the people to the places to the small moments in time to our feelings about the past, rich poetry ideas abound.

Happy Fourth of July, wherever you are.  And may freedom touch every part of the world one day.

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  1. Happy 4th! Thanks for the inspirational mash-up!!

  2. What a great reminder of where we started, and all we have to be thankful for in this country. Go, Amy!

  3. Mary Lee & Cathy,
    I hope you both had a beautiful 4th!
    It was simply gorgeous here...Belgian waffles for dinner and fireworks for dessert.