Saturday, July 4, 2020

A Muted Celebration on 244th July 4th

For 244 years we have celebrated this young nation’s Independence Day
Could not follow now without difficulty Adams’ advice as the pandemic held sway
Instead of a day of parades, barbecues, fireworks and libations to gorge
The beaches, bars and restaurants without patios were closed, streets deserted, hard to honor those who a nation forged
Newport Beach in past 4th s had beaches, streets and patios packed
With ample supplies of beer, spirits and wine the party goers did not lack
Police on every corner, patrolling every street
Looking to the minor drinker, the illegal fireworks or DUI to meet
Tons of bottles, cans and all manner of trash
Even mini riots along the beach to mar prior 4th of July bashes
In a rush to ape Adams’ advice and party hearty into the night too many the first line seemed to have forgot
It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.”-great way to avoid spiritual rot
Maybe we should observe more frequently the first line and while we are on our knees or in a pew
A prayer to God to help us from the COVIID-19 scourge see us through
© July 4, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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