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Thursday, September 01, 2016


anthem . . .
reaching for
the high note

Posted as a comment at Gillena's blog


Blogger Magyar said...

Great thought Bill, and that high note can be a metaphor.

__ Anthem is what we "stand" for; Anthem is "you and I", and our choice beyond our errors. "We" are the country "we" love, and "we" must support our Anthem, in order to reach that -high note-. We are individuals among a team of individuals, thus... so often the word I becomes we... as "we" choose.
__ Brings to mind a novella.


5:19 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Doug. Yes, I hoped readers would find metaphorical implications in this, although I'm not so interested in saying what we "must" do. Maybe we should strive to live up to our ideals, often proclaimed and often compromised. This was inspired by a post at Gillena's blog honoring Trinidad-Tobago's Independence Day. And then the controversy about the conduct of football players at the playing of the national anthem before games brought it to mind. I leave it to you to decide whether the players (there are now several) or their critics are the better representatives of patriotism.

10:35 AM  
Blogger haiku-shelf said...

I like this haiku very much!

The verb (to reach out) is very interesting for my German ears (smile).

3:16 PM  
Blogger Geraldine said...

Great haiku.

2:57 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Angelika. Wonderful, the tricks a language can do.

Thanks, Geraldine. Good to hear from you.

11:37 AM  

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