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Independence Day Poem for the Red, White, and Blue - Haiku about the Fourth of July

Updated on March 30, 2015
Old Glory . . . on wood.
Old Glory . . . on wood. | Source


Darkness, glaring red

Squealing bombs and tattered flag

Grateful hearts bursting


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Whitney Houston sings the National Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner

Few things give me chills quite like hearing the United States' National Anthem on Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July. Nobody has ever sung it better than did the late Whitney Houston before the Super Bowl in 1991. Her rendition went on to become a hit single on the Billboard charts. I remember buying the cassette single. (Remember those?) I wonder if I still have that.

Update: Yes, I still have that little cassette single--or cassingle, I guess you could say. I was going through some stuff from an old yard sale in the garage, and guess what I found? Woo hoo! Yeah, I think I'll keep that for the memories. I'm glad I still have that. It pays to be a pack rat.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      beautiful inspirational poem I love it.. HAPPY 4TH TO YOU my friend

      Debbie

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow! All that it means to all of us and all in just seventeen syllables

      Superb!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      O---OH say can you see? By the dawn's early light....what so proudly we hail at the twilight's last gleaming.......who's broad stripes and......huh?...what? You don't want me to sing? How come?

      OH.....OK...........sorry. Didn't mean to make you sick..... Hope you feel better!...........UP!!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Debbie! Same to you as well!

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Well said! Have a great 4th celebration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice Vicki and Happy 4th of July!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      WillStarr--Thanks! Sometimes it's really hard to say what needs to be said in just seventeen syllables. I'm glad it worked!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer--I'm disappointed you didn't finish the song! did you forget the words? hahaha. LOL. So good to see you!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Angelo! You too!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Bill! You have a great holiday, too!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      well thought out. thank you

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Mhatter--glad you liked!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      That's a nice thing to do...Hope you have a great Independence Day...cheers

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Just awesome. Happy 4th of July. Sharing.

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      Your haiku appears to be a brief, but accurate, summary of the national anthem. Well done!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, carter06! Same to you! :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We just celebrated yesterday for Canada Day.

      Have a happy and safe July 4th.

      Great Haiku!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, molometer! for sharing, too!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Levertis. That's what I was going for! Awesome!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Susan, Happy belated Canada Day! I have always loved Canada's National Anthem--so pretty! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I see the visual image of the bombs, red and flares causing us to know our freedom. Great poem and love your posting of Houston's tribute.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, teaches. Houston's singing of the national anthem gives me chills. Happy Independence Day!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awesome, I hope you have a great 4th of July Victoria! Here in Canada, we just had Canada Day :) Enjoy the day.

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Congratulations. How nice to see a haiku. (Independence from the British - definitely something to celebrate!! But then again we were only there to save you from those dreadful Frenchies! Well, that's what my history teacher taught me!)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Christy! Happy belated Canada Day!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Great Haiku Vicki! Happy 4th to you!!

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Victoria,

      This packs a powerful patriotic punch... perfect! Happy 4th!

      Voted UP & Awesome. Hugs, Maria

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Beautifully composed, the impact was there with your Red, White and Blue Haiku-Happy 4th of July my poet.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LOL, Chef! You're funny. Perspective, I guess, in regards to your history teacher. Thanks for reading and commenting! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Real Kelly! Same to you, my friend!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Maria! Glad you think so. Sometimes it's hard to pack it all in just 17 syllables!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank you, Vincent--so, so much!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Nicely done!

      Happy 4th of July

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks so much, Vinaya!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Happy Independence Day which I also celebrated today with a Haiku!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I saw that you did that, Perspy. Just hadn't had a chance to get to it yet. Family just left! Happy 4th!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love this Victoria! How do you do it? My son will appreciate this Haiku and am sharing with him. So thank you so much!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, vocalcoach! It actually took me quite a bit of time to figure out which 17 syllables to use! Glad you like it and want to share it! :-)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I wish I had that kind of talent. Very inspiring my dear V-Lynn! I hope you had a wonderful 4th! Thank you for sharing Whitney's "Star Spangled Banner" as well... brought back great memories.

      HubHugs :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, dear Rustic LLYnn! :-) Hope you had a nice 4th, too. Whitney's song brought it back for me, too--so inspiring. Hubhugs to you, too, girl!

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i love the simplicity of this poem...

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      raciniwa--I am so glad. Thanks!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      Awesome Haiku and tribute! Loved it!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Josh--Thanks! Much appreciated!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      Again, you are welcome! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      :-) :-) :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy 4th of July to you! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sunshine! You, too! :-)

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      A lovely haiku...and happy independence day, Vikki!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Always loved this haiku. Happy 4th Vicki!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks so much, midget! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Susan! I appreciate that. Glad you like the haiku!

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I had to come back to this great hub to complete my 4th of July celebration. A magnificent job Victoria. Thank you so much! ~ Audrey

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That's a pretty and meaningful haiku for the 4th of July.

      I remember single cassettes, and I also remember Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem. She always had such a stunning voice.

      Thank you for sharing this with us, and I hope you had a wonderful 4th! Have a great weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      Really nice haiku that you have here for the fourth of July. Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, vocalcoach! Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming back! Hope you had a happy holiday.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kathryn--I still have my Whitney cassingle! Yeah, she was amazing on that song. Hope you had a happy 4th!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, torrilynn! Glad you like it!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Your poem says it all! Love the way Whitney sung the anthem. Thanks for the inspiration today! Happy 4th!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, teaches! Yeah, she gives me chills on this song! Happy 4th to you, too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy 4th to you!! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sunshine! To you, too!

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Another 4th of July and a year's worth of Happy Memories. No one sings it like Whitney......rest her soul.

      Hope you have a wonderful day....and remember our Heroes who have kept our country FREE through the decades.......

      Time for the Fireworks display......Ohhhhh Wow!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi Effer! Wonderful to see you! Yes, Whitney could sing, couldn't she? Have a great 4th!!

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      schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

      And what a fourth it is! Happy fourth!

      Last night here in Ma we had a lot of rain, and tree limbs falling!!!

      Watch out for Hurricane Arthur!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      schoolgirlforreal--Oh my! Be safe! The hurricanes don't get as far inland as I am, but we might get some rain from it. We had a lovely 4th. :-)

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