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A Haiku - Duty

Updated on April 17, 2014

Duty beckons. It doesn't just call.

"Duty, Honor, Country"

Three words sum it up:

The U.S.M.A.* motto.

"Where is God?" you say.

Perhaps in "Duty"?

Boy Scouts pledge "Duty to God"

Perhaps in "Honor"?

Honor thy parents?

Honor one's heritage still?

Can one "honor" God?

Then there is "Country."

What is "Country" anymore?

"This land is my land"?

"Country" Red and Blue?

The red, white, and blue with stars?

Black and White, rainbow?

Others sneak in. Theirs?

An unfulfilled true vision?

A work in progress?

Make your own choices.

Duty to self and to God.

Honor above all.

Country shining through;

an example for mankind.

Not "right and wrong." Change!


* Motto of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY


Know it or not.....

Come to think of it, we all have a duty.

One to family, one to God, one to self,

one to country (to preserve it, correct it,

change it to make it even better.)

Duty is an almost holy four letter word.

Recognize our duty, or shirk it, and we

say something of how we treat Honor.

People receive honors from other people,

but the true Honor is what we ourselves

respect by the words and deeds which

make up our character.

The sum of the character of all Americans

is what the world, and we ourselves, will

recognize when any of us speak and think of

our Country.

Will it be a shining city set on a hill, or a

people mired in a pool of selfishness,

too proud pride, and materialism?

We make that choice daily, minute by minute.

Which will be the Country we can feel

honor-bound by a duty to protect, defend,

and preserve?



Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved for texts & accompanying photos.


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Memuna Umber - You enjoyed reading it, and I enjoyed writing it, and (now) knowing that you enjoyed reading it.

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      Memuna Umber 3 years ago

      This is a very patriotic haiku. Not only did you explain it well, but you kept a persistent tone. Furthermore, the pictures were a nice touch.

      I enjoyed reading it.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      For duty and humanity!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great tribute. Love all the pics but the apple pie caught my eye. Then I had to smile -as American as apple pie.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great Job!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Brilliant poem

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      I like your explanations along with your poetry. It gives it such colorful background. Great photos, too.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a lovely tribute to duty/patriotism. The pictures are outstanding. Really good work!