Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth of July

Hello, everyone! In honor of Independence Day, I'm posting links to two poems that I think reflect on the holiday here in the states better than anything I have to post could.

The first one is by Kate Gale, and it compares life in two different countries in pretty basic terms, yet still says volumes:

"I think your country has the most wonderful bathrooms..."

The second is by Walt Whitman. If you want to talk about the United States in terms of glorious promise and potential, I don't believe you can do better than Walt Whitman (though, for my money, Philip Levine comes close):

"I hear America singing, the varied carols that I hear..."

Happy Fourth of July. May the ideals of hard work and innovation never be forgotten.

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