The morning skies seemed brighter, bluer
as if they were getting ready
for the evening gala of fireworks.
Mrs. Johnson draped her front porch
with four crescent shaped old glories
one for each pillar of our democracy
signifying peace, honor, truth and justice.
It was day as sacred as any holy day
people believed in our purpose as a nation
and we celebrated surrounded by family and friends
and shared home made apple pie;
corn on the cob, hot dogs and hamburgers
and somehow we knew
there would be more to come.
The radio played the National Anthem all day
Many would pledge allegiance
to become the new Americans
who came to fulfill lifelong dreams.
it did not matter what party you voted for.
The fourth of July
meant looking back on the one thing
every human being cherishes the most
our right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
God Bless America!