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As the bands play on and the flag goes by
Most of us heave a collective sigh
When a contingent of soldiers, heads held high
Medals gleaming in the summer sky
Remind us that death is the price we pay
For the freedoms we live with every day
But all is not well in this country of ours
Too many have died in the old Twin Towers
That must be avenged...on that we agree
We can't turn our backs on human debris

But this war being waged for political powers
Has cut short the lives of too many flowers
Our sons and daughters answered the call
The best and brightest have taken the fall
For a nation that vows to destroy us all
Too many mothers have lost their sons
Too many mothers have been the ones
Who have also died on a foreign field
By car bombs that were so cleverly concealed
Leaving babies at home to never know
The love of a mother as they grow

On this 229th Fourth of July
As we watch our precious flag go by
Let us bow our head and ask the Lord
To end this war we can't afford
Bless this nation...let freedom reign
Freedom won through blood and pain
Change men's hearts...banish terror and fear
Let war and hatred disappear
And when the flag goes marching by
Next year on the Fourth of July
The pride we feel will surely increase
For with God's help...we'll live in peace

Grandma Bea

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The following comments are for "Fourth Of July 2005"
by Beatrice Boyle

I can never quite figure the wisdom and reasons for war and peace. To me history is just too big to predict. But I will always support good people praying for peace. I add my prayer to yours Bea. Happy Fourth.

( Posted by: SamPark [Member] On: July 2, 2005 )

Re...4th Of July 2005
Thanks seems incredible to me it has been TWO years since the start of the war...and also since President Bush announced (two months later) that it was over! Two years in which over a thousand of our sons and daughters have been slain, in a country that doesn't want us there...and will never accept us (except for our money!)

When I was growing up...patriotism was not a dirty word...for the wars were just...until Vietnam...from then's been all downhill!
When will we ever learn! It has been said thatWar is hell...but worse when good men stand by and do let us turn our money to good use...don't go to war...go to Africa to help in an even greater war on poverty.

Come to think of it...let's start right here at home!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: July 3, 2005 )

dear b.b.,
it's a warm sunday morning (7/3/05). i just read your's inspirational and traditional...i hope you're having an enjoyable weekend!


( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: July 3, 2005 )

4/7/2005 nothing learned

Shared sentiments again in your excellent style, raising questions we all feel about the reasons behind every conflict.

Did things used to be so black and white, I supose they did to us, but history teaches us that the 'civilized' nations of today were the aggressors of the past. While the world stands still and looks at poverty in Africa, we do nothing about the autrocities there!

Where do we go with this, I remember writong a poem about the reasons for war, it's posted somewhere here. I remember writing a poem about the poverty and lack of support in Africa and the reason the world stands by and does nothing, it also is posted here. But will we ever see a guenuine worldwide change in attitudes? I fear not.

And when the flag goes marching by
Next year on the Fourth of July
The pride we feel will surely increase
For with God's help...we'll live in peace

Wish this vision would come true, but the world 'celebrates' war not peace.......

Unfortunately heros are not born with a pen in their hand or the world may have been a better place!


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: July 3, 2005 )

Thanks JohnJohn
Thaks JohnJOhn...hope you do the same!!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: July 4, 2005 )

You got that right,, Ivor!
The world right now is in a unique position to really DO something about the conditions in Africa. If we could interfere in Bosnia, boycott Cuba etc., why then do we sit on our collective fannies and let millions of people be slaughtered or starve to death in Africa? Is it because we have nothing to gain by it? Are we waiting for the population to consume itself by dying of Aids? If the biggiest nations of the world can get together to back the olympics...why not bite the bullet...join together to aid these poor people...not just with money, but with compassion, education, medical help etc.

In President Kennedy's short term of office, the formation of the Peace Corp was an instant success, not just in physically helping desperate peole to survive, but in showing them that the world really cared about their plight and oridnary citizens were willing to come over and give them a hand in rebuilding their lives. For the first time in many poor countries, children were able to attend schools...and have the wherewithal to do so i.e, food, clothing, school supplies, medical help etc.

If ordinary people can do it...WHY NOT WHOLE COUNTRIES that can afford it!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: July 4, 2005 )

Ma Bea
I always loved that you are my Ma and your poetry are something that would often move me. You should submit this to a magazine and have them print it so that more people will be able to read. I hate war, too, Ma... just when will we ever learn? (I love that song 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone').

Hugs, Pete

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: July 6, 2005 )

A dyed in the wool Patriot
Wow Pen...thanks for the 10! Happy Canada Day to you...a bit belated perhaps but I was just made aware of it.

As for Patriotism...I'm never embarassed about expressing it...nor should I be. My generation never was...if it had not been for Vietnam...this generation wouldn't be either!!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: July 6, 2005 )

Thanks Peter!
Some wars are the war on poverty...just not on the killing wars! If the same effort and money were spent on improving the lot of impoverished people all over the world as there is on the killing fields...there would BE no poverty or lack of education or hunger etc.
and need for War period!

Life would be so simple if women ran the you will see soon MY lifetime!!!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: July 6, 2005 )

Women Rule the World

For somebody so wise and learned I can not understand your inabilty to to see reality:

'Life would be so simple if women ran the world'

They ALWAYS have! (see my poem Snakes Legs).

A mere man,


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: July 6, 2005 )

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