Dailies 7/4/17: America sings, Jefferson Davis dreams, men walk on the moon & the world is coming apart




Walt Whitman – I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe
     and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off
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Shane McCrae – Jefferson Davis the Adoptive Father of the Mulatto Jim Limber Dreams the Freedom of the Negro Will One Day Be His Freedom

I see the declaration passing from

hand to hand from Washington to Richmond

from horse to horse      from rider to rider

one galloping furiously until

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Terri Kirby Erickson – Moon Walk

for my brother

Sunburned, bellies full of fried pompano, sweet
corn, and garden tomatoes purchased at a roadside
stand manned by a farmer with more fingers than
teeth—my family huddled around a rented black
and white TV set the shape and size of a two-slot
toaster, watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin

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Peter Cole – Song of the Shattering Vessels

Either the world is coming together
or else the world is falling apart—
 *****here—now—along these letters,
 *****against the walls of every heart.

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