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A Haiku - Independence

Updated on July 4, 2012

Are we truly independent from the control of others?

What is true independence?
What is true independence? | Source

If you think you are truly independent, remember what you are required, as an American, to do on April 15th, as a male to do on one of your birthdays, etc.

Independence when?

Not likely today or soon.

We live together.

Society rules.

The laws some others "gave" us,

Rule our lives today.

Providence we know;

A guarantee He gave us..

In God we trust still.

Or do we really?

Who does? Who doesn't's not clear.

Who lives without fear?

A king rejected,

Independent from his rules,

We live by new ones.

Do you know them all?

The ones you don't can bite you!

Independence? No.

Across the pond now

A Queen still reigns. Her subjects

Not subject either.

Lords and Ladies? Yes.

A hangover from that past.

We once shared with them.

We have Senators,

Representatives also;

Presidents come...go.

Freedoms to be free

Are what we live and die for.

Secret votes still count.

In that voting booth,

Independence I express.

No control there still.

I vote to choose some.

The others I rejected.

Free choice exercised.

Now govern wisely.

You owe me and all others

Our lots cast for you.

You made promises

We expect you to uphold.

Govern us wisely.

We depend on you.

Independence we gave up.

Justice must prevail.


© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      yes, i totally agree...justice must prevail...

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      To all who commented: we probably won't see this one again until next 4th of July, but I will celebrate it with our free speech and right to petition our government for redress, and when I cast my secret ballot next November 6, 2012....and when I take a bite of ice cold watermelon that wasn't "Made In China" but says "Produit en E. U." (Product of the United States.)

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Awesome, Perspy! I agree - Justice should prevail - but - more often than not of late it seems corruption prevails. Blatantly...with no shame and no apologies. Very scary - and again - truly fine poetry!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Captures one's attention. Super tribute. Hope you're having a great 4th holiday. We did our flag waving at the annual U.S. Embassy 4th of July picnic on Monday the 2nd. Gets me every time the military band plays The Star Spangled Banner.

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      A very nice Haiku. It is a great tribute to the all that America stands for. Vote up

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MelChi : One of our Supreme Court justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) said your Constitution should be an example for Egypt and other countries! While that got her a lot of criticism here in the USA where we normally revere our Constitution, it speaks well of your system of justice. Thanks for your comments.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Captivating and interesting poetry - a great tribute to your Independence Day!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Victoria Lynn: Thanks for taking a moment from your July 4th events to read this Haiku of 15 Haiku verses. Had I known how many I might write to complete it, I think I would have found some ice cold watermelon that needed my urgent attention first. There seems to be a need to be reflective for a time on such an anniversary. They were brave men who risked what the English and Hessians would have done to them, if they had caught the leaders and the Revolution had failed. The world would have been very different even today. We still have brave men who risk what terrorists would do to them in the name of their distorted version of an ancient and honored religion. Thank God for patriots.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nice, Perspycacious! You're right. If we give up our ideals, we're lost. This is a nice reflection, very insightful. Hope you had a wonderful Independence Day. Great hub! I like what's in your ebay capsules. :-)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      My family, friends, customers, and fellow Hubbers are my fireworks. I hope you have all had a very happy, reflective Independence Day 2012!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Happy independence day to you.

      An amazing collection of haiku poems, saying so much with so few words.

      We complain about a lack of freedom, but we must remember all the places on this planet where freedom is still just another word, we at least have the right to tell our governments how badly they stink

      , when we smell the bull s... and we have the power to do something about it.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cleaner3 and Matthew Weese: Written on Independence Day 2012 as this was, the 4th of July is a time for some idealism. If we give up, we will have to admit we have lost our ideals. I want Armistice Day/Veterans Day/Election Day to be combined so that we celebrate our heroes and what they died for, or were wounded for,and fought for as a day that honors our voting and allows everyone the day off for just that purpose. Both days are in November. Let's combine them.

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      Matthew Weese 5 years ago from Auburn

      We allowed Government to supersede over all just rational. it's funny, our votes don't even matter, the bush election proved that. the majority of people who vote are senior citizens, and the elite non working class, the working world has no time to vote, A.K.A the freak vote,

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      cleaner3 5 years ago

      idealistic poetry. wishes upon a value system that is not real.