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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Cue The Fireworks Please....

There is the National Flag. He must be cold, indeed, who can look upon its folds rippling in the breeze without pride of country. If he be in a foreign land, the flag is companionship and country itself, with all its endearment...The very colors have a language which was recognized by our fathers; white is for purity; red, for valor; blue, for justice. And altogether, bunting, stripes, stars, and colors, blazing in the sky, make the flag of our country, to be cherished by all our hearts, to be upheld by all our hands. -Charles Sumner
FIREWORKS Not guns, not thunder, but a clutter of clouded drums That announce a fiesta: abruptly, fiery needles Circumscribe on the night boundless chrysanthemums. Softly, they break apart, they flake away, where Darkness, on a svelte hiss, swallows them. Delicate brilliance: a bellflower opens, fades, In a sprinkle of falling stars. Night absorbs them With the sponge of her silence -Babette Deutsch
BY THE RUDE BRIDGE By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps; And Time the ruined bridge has swept Down the dark stream which seaward creeps. On this green bank, by this soft stream, We set today a votive stone; That memory may their deed redeem, When, like our sires, our sons are gone. Spirit that made those heroes dare To die, and leave their children free, Bid Time and Nature gently spare The shaft we raise to them and thee. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
FOURTH OF JULY NIGHT The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky A white sky bomb fizzed on a black line. A rocket hissed it's red signature into the west. Now a shower of Chinese fire alphabets, A cry of flower pots broken in flames, A long curve to a purple spray, three violet balloons--- Drips of seaweed tangled in gold, shimmering symbols of mixed numbers, Tremulous arrangements of cream gold folds of a bride's wedding gown--- A few sky bombs spoke their pieces, then velvet dark. The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky. - Carl Sandburg
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961


Sheila said...

Happy Fourth of July Sue..!
Enjoy the celebrations with your lovely family..!

Andi said...

Happy 4th of July to you and your family!!! Love your wonderful usual. I do think red, white and blue may be my very favoite color combination!

PEA said...

Happy 4th of July to you and yours, dear Sue!! I love the idea of fireworks instead of guns:-) Looking forward to hearing all about your celebrations! xox

Jen said...

Hope you all have a nice 4th of July together.

Mom2fur said...

Happy Fourth of July! JFK's words ring truer today than ever!

"Early Bird" said...

Happy 4th of July to you and yours!!

Pamela said...

The year before my FIL died, I asked him to shares his military service with us on the fourth of July.

He hand wrote it on yellow pad, and read it and wept. My husband and his sister had never heard his story and I was so glad that I pushed him to tell it.

Loved your posted video's and pictures.

smilnsigh said...

Wonnnnnnnnnnnnderful tribute entry for the 4th Of July!!!!!


Brown English Muffin said...

I hope you had a fantastic day!