Sunday, July 4, 2021

Writers’ Pantry #77: On Independence Day

Greetings, my dear poets and storytellers. I hope you are having a really good day. In my bit of the world, nature just gave us a couple of cool days after about a week of eyeball-melting temperatures. Im grateful for the break, even if another heatwave is on the way.

Today, the United States of America is celebrating Independence Day. No, not the movie where Will Smith saves the world from aliens, but the day “The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.”

Here are some quotes that explore feelings brewed by this day:

“Today, we’ll celebrate Independence Day using the backdrop of the sky as a canvas, the fireworks thrown against it bearing semblance to the drips from the hands of Jackson Pollock but we’ll forget that here, in America there are still some who are not free.”
~ Ayokunle Falomo

 “I am waiting for the Great Divide to be crossed 
and I am anxiously waiting

for the secret of eternal life to be discovered 
by an obscure general practitioner

and I am waiting
for the storms of life

to be over
and I am waiting

to set sail for happiness
and I am waiting

for a reconstructed Mayflower
to reach America

with its picture story and tv rights
sold in advance to the natives

and I am waiting
for the lost music to sound again

in the Lost Continent
in a new rebirth of wonder”

~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
~ William Faulkner 

 The Writers’ Pantry is open to all! Let’s share poetry or prose that is new or old, fiction or nonfiction, short or longish (if choosing prose, your word count should be 369 words or fewer). One link per participant, please. This prompt shall remain open for a week.

- for next Wednesday, our Rosemary will invite us to create poetry or prose using Rob Kistner’s phrase “Human arrogance is boiling over” as inspiration. We aren’t required to use the actual words. But if we do, we should credit them to Rob on a footnote.

Let us write, read, and share our thoughts freely.

“A little girl gazing in the distance for the Fourth of July”, by Reba Spike – on Unsplash


  1. Even as a non-American, I love all those quotes. I think they have wider implication, for many countries. Thanks, Magaly!

    1. I agree, Rosemary. I think that when it comes to freedom (and the lack-thereof for all) feelings translate through countries and cultures.

  2. Happy Independence to all my USA friends. Another Sunday to stay safe and blessed


  3. A happy 4th July to my USA friends!
    i went to read 'I Am Waiting' by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, thanks for pointing me to the poem.

    1. Ferlinghetti is a great favourite of mine. You can hear him read that poem, too, on YouTube, beautifully.

    2. @ssnake1, what Rosemary said! It's a wonderful reading.

    3. Thank you, Rosemary. I didn't know he was on Youtube. It's great to hear him read his poem. yes, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Kerouac, di Prima, and the rest that re-ignite my interest in poetry...

    4. @Magaly Except when he says 'chilled Roland', which was a bit surprising. I would have pronounced 'Childe' as 'child'. Perhaps he was trying for a French accent? However, otherwise wonderful indeed.

    5. Maybe he was thinking cooling thoughts *cough*. 😅

  4. Happy 4th of July to all Americans.Enjoy the day !

  5. Lovely poetry site. I'll certainly be checking back and also adding this site to my blogroll. And I have always loved Ferlinghetti. This was great. Thanks!


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