4th of July Poem by Natalie Wise

From Shore to Midnight Shore 

By Natalie Wise

Oh, what a privilege to watch a star-spangled parade

At the golden-sunrise daybreak with a glass of lemonade

I do believe today’s the day to take back up our cause:

To live and love with honor and to find the time to pause

The mid-day heat is blazing and our thoughts turn introspective

We dip our worries breathless and emerge with fresh perspective: 

Life has some seeds, but that, you see, is part of all the fun

To see who can spit them farthest and laugh when day is done

The sticky night all glowing and the ice cream melting fast

When suddenly it dawns on me:  the year is half gone past

How very blessed we are to receive a second New Year’s Eve

And now it’s time to go and do instead of make-believe 

Give me a Main Street morning, an apple pie afternoon

A warm July night with the moon alight and the stars joined in by more   

Summer’s here and all is well from shore to midnight shore

Red, white, blue, brave and true for a bright tomorrow.

May God bless the USA and may God bless you!

*originally written for and published on Darling Magazine