POSTED BY MARTIN KICH
Here is an inspiring rendition of a Langston Hughes poem produced by MoveOn.org:
And here is a more cautionary poem that is probably more at the level at which most of us celebrate the July 4th holiday:
Independence Day, 1971
He forced half a watermelon
like a tight helmet onto his head.
Two dozen bottle-rockets
had been stuck into the rind,
connected by a long fuse
which he lit with his cigar.
He ran across the broad lawn,
showered in sparks as the rockets
fired in quick succession.
Their trails crossed in bright arcs,
and then their starbursts
flared across the country sky
from the creek bottom
to the stand of elm.
As he walked back to the house,
gobbling the pieces of melon
that clung to his face,
his wife said to their two little boys,
“Sometimes your dad’s a real danger.”