By Caryl Clem:
Night’s opaque curtains close
Across America, waiting, watching
For the breathless spark igniting
July 4th’s freedom show.
Searing red, white, blue flashes
Breaking the darkness into pieces.
Shattering the cloud of Britain’s domination
Our Forefathers wisdom illuminated citizen voices
A government shaped by rebels
Breaking bonds with outdated norms.
A continual battle seeking balance
Citizens united and divided under one flag
Feeling inspired by the fireworks
Aspiration’s symbols showering bright energy
Washing away the fear of a dark night
Observers, our marbled veined granite foundation
Sharing Hope to strengthen our country’s diversity.