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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: To Your Shame
By Julia May
01/09/09


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There are fifty stars and thirteen stripes
Sprinkled ‘cross this banner proud.
That boasts of colors; red, white and blue,
Waving high amongst the clouds.

For over two hundred twenty years
This banner’s proudly waved.
All eyes who look upon her….know
She’s the symbol of the USA!

She gently flaps across spacious skies
And majestic purple mountains.
She’s brandished through times of peace and war
Above pretty, tranquil fountains.

She’s somberly draped across caskets many
Of those who’ve fought and died.
To protect and preserve our many freedoms
And we honor them with pride.

She’s been spitefully cursed at and burned
But still she stands today.
She sings the sweet song of great liberty!
That some would take away.

She’s displayed in countries far and wide
Carried by sons and daughters.
She flaps in the winds of ocean tides,
And rivers, streams and waters.

O America, Blessed America!
How God has graced thy land!
With fruited plains and amber grains
And mercy from His mighty hand.

O America, Blessed America!
Sweet land of brotherhood…..
May you never forsake your heritage
For hay, stubble and wood!

Your forefathers feared the Almighty God
And built this nation on His name.
But when you abandon His commandments
You will do it…..to your shame.


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Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
Very patriotic and sincere poem.

Maybe a few tweaks of the meter, for a smoother flow?

I like the imagery in the first part especially.
Sharon Kane01/19/09
Nicely done. I like the way you celebrate the heritage of the USA while warning of its possible fall. Your national pride does not blind you to the nation's weaknesses. Good job.
Beth LaBuff 01/21/09
I like the way your poem starts with a lovely tribute to our flag and what it stand for. You have some wonderful/patriotic images for your reader. Oh that the USA would heed your warning.