July 2008 flag / patriotism Haiku Thread




Announcing July 2008 flag / patriotism Haiku Thread

For July 2008 the theme of the monthly haiku thread is patriotism / flag. Writers may post an unlimited number of haiku to the Thread.

Subject Line: July08 patriotism haiku thread.
Deadline: Midnight Sunday, July 27, 2008.


Author, Country

All Haiku received will be posted on-line at July 2008 flag / patriotism Haiku Thread.

The Sketchbook editors will select their Monthly Haiku Choice from this thread for publication in the Thursday, July 31, 2008 Sketchbook.


Read the July 31, 2008 Editor's Choices:  Editor Karina Klesko, Editor John Daleiden



The following poets have contributed to the July 31, 2008 flag / patriotism Haiku Thread

Ed Baker, US; Gillena Cox, TT; Bill Kenney, US; Catherine J. S. Lee, US; Jacek Margolak, PL; Vasile Moldovan, RO; Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN; Karen O'Leary, US; Peter Pache, US; Zhanna P. Rader, US; Kristin Reynolds, CA / US; Keith A. Simmonds, TT; Barbara A Taylor, AU; Maria Tirenescu, RO; Josh Wikoff, US

Countries: AU: CA: IN: PL: RO: TT: US: 



half-staff flags
another hometown soldier
laid to rest

# 01. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

Stars and Stripes Forever
on the Fourth of July . . .
we're all patriots

# 02. Bill Kenney, US

POW/MIA flag
flies thru the night—
not forgotten

# 03. Peter Pache, US

my country, 'tis of thee...
soldier's coffin
draped in the flag

# 04. Karen O'Leary, US

flag pin
in the salesman's lapel
Memorial Day

# 05. Bill Kenney, US

street fair
a vendor sells U.S. flags
made in China

# 06. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

flying with pride
in the summer sky:
a flag of honour

# 07. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

veterans' hospital
above the door still
a clean flag

# 08. Jacek Margolak, PL

her father
won't be coming home

# 09. Bill Kenney, US

old war movie
the bad guys are the ones
who torture

# 10. Bill Kenney, US

crowded parade route
the smallest Cub Scout's flagpole

# 11. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

my father puts on uniform

# 12. Jacek Margolak, PL

a victory chant...
soldiers marching along
with patriotism

# 13. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

old movie
what a wonderful country
it must have been

# 14. Bill Kenney, US

true patriot love,
houses compassion

Canada's heart

# 15. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

4th of July. . .
on the catcher's chestplate
stars and stripes

# 16. Catherine J. S. Lee, US

faces beaming
as the anthem resounds:
a quivering flag

# 17. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

my country
right or wrong . . .
he can't decide

# 18. Bill Kenney, US

national anthem...
my crippled father
tries to lift the hand

# 19. Jacek Margolak, PL

New York skyline
the empty space within
Miss Liberty's crown

# 20. Bill Kenney, US

the flag of hope
blowing over the land:
democracy reigns

# 21. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Oh, Canada

out of the spotlight
is where she shines

# 22. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

bullets flying
shelter in the trenches:

# 23. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

the Stars and Stripes...
a minute's silence

# 24. Jacek Margolak, PL

rows of tombstones
defenders of the land

# 25. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Home and native land—
never judging
the earth's decisions

# 26. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

a flag fluttering
in triumph of freedom...
fallen soldiers

# 27. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

three buttons down
medal of honor

# 28. Jacek Magolak, PL

victors return
bearing the flag of peace...
in memoriam

# 29. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Maple leaves wave
their patriotic hands
to the rest of the world

# 30. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

freedom and tolerance
sisters of patriotism...
down with terrorism

# 31. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Canada's pride
is found in her people—
polite and resolute

# 32. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

innocent draftees
fighting a senseless war:
patriotism obliges

# 33. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Canada, eh?
Home of the great white north—

# 34. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

lasting peace:
world patriotism
against terrorism

# 35. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

TV-national anthem...
my legless father
salutes in the bed

# 36. Jacek Margolak, PL

standing tall:
a grand nation
raising the flag

# 37. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

a proud Canadian—
of the century

# 38. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

defending their land...
true patriots

# 39. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

no exit—
my Hummer
right or wrong

# 40. Bill Kenney, US

first journey
upon the moon:
flag of conquest

# 41. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

4th of July—
flags sprout by the roadside

# 42. Zhanna P. Rader, US

the battle
against global warming...

# 43. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Son serves in Iraq—
we wear red shirts
on Fridays.

# 44. Zhanna P. Rader, US

Independence Day
Hawaii's state flag hung
upside down

# 45. Josh Wikoff, US

In the airport,
our returning troops march—
the crowd clap in unison.

# 46. Zhanna P. Rader, US

equality and peace
in multi-racial nations:
flag of justice

# 47. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

This great country—
she does her best to memorize
its national anthem.

# 48. Zhanna P. Rader, US

Memorial Day
a corner of the flag
caught on the gutter

# 49. Josh Wikoff, US

Great country—
she translates its national anthem
to her native tongue.

# 50. Zhanna P. Rader, US

dog days
a pow/mia flag
hangs limp

# 51. Josh Wikoff, US

We wait for our sons—
yellow ribbons on the tree trunks
and mailboxes.

# 52. Zhanna P. Rader, US

patriotism?! since 1964
I continue to put upside-down
American-flag stamp

# 53. Ed Baker, US

A homeless man—
the country's flag attached
to his shopping cart.

# 54. Zhanna P. Rader, US

it is the patriot's duty
to protect us from the government

# 55. Ed Baker, US

(I do believe Ths Paine wrote this in the 1700's)

Nine eleven—
all the flags sold
in the city's stores.

# 56. Zhanna P. Rader, US

every 4 th of July
I buy a snow cone

# 57. Ed Baker, US

They choose a president
then hurry to trash him—

# 58. Zhanna P. Rader, US

Skippy and his mates
under the Southern Cross
hopping to it

# 59. Barbara A Taylor, AU

The VFW's
yearly banquets—
I feel their pride.

# 60. Zhanna P. Rader, US

Honour of black humans
Freedom of Africans; an icon-
Nelson Mandela

# 61. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

Son back from the war—
we still leave the pride flag
in the window.

# 62. Zhanna P. Rader, US

burning the flag—
black widows, mothers wail
beseech why? why?

# 63. Barbara A Taylor, AU

A Flag of Honor
waving in the wind...
we'll never forget them...

# 64. Zhanna P. Rader, US

A true patriot
sacrificed his life for the country;
Subhas Chandra Bose

# 65. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

Arguing patriots—
each convinced
only he's right.

# 66. Zhanna P. Rader, US

no need to ask
painted across his face
stars and stripes

# 67. Barbara A Taylor, AU

His accent still heavy,
but the new land's flag pin
never leaves his coat.

# 68. Zhanna P. Rader, US

holding high the flag:

# 69. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Memorial Day—
at the cemetery, how grand
the waving flags!

# 70. Zhanna P. Rader, US

patriotic calls
for the First World War...
flood of memories

# 71. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

A patriot
of each land where she lived...
she can't explain it.

# 72. Zhanna P. Rader, US

An act of selfishness—
the partition of India in haste;

# 73. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

Can one have more
than one motherland?
The natives' "no way!"

# 74. Zhanna P. Rader, US

on the porch
a flag carrying ghoul
beside the pumpkin

# 75. Barbara A Taylor, AU

shopping every day
since 9/11

# 76. Bill Kenney, US

patriotic calls
for the First World War...
flood of memories

# 77. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

India, his Mother—
Ever ready to fight for her;
Sri Aurobindo

# 78. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN

missing in action
fighting for their country:
genuine patriots

# 79. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

flapping madly
a shredded flag
on the rusty tank

# 80. Barbara A Taylor, AU

in memoriam:
myriad rows of tombstones
in patriotic glow

# 81. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

credit card maxed out
but our president told us
we should go shopping

# 82. Bill Kenney, US

a victory song
etched on the memory...
a maimed patriot

# 83. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

A red flag
is fluttering...
last maple leaf

# 84. Vasile Moldovan, RO

in honour of
the unknown patriots:
white tombstones

# 85. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

my father
her Silver Star
waits for sunglare

# 86. Jacek Margolak, PL

raising the flag...
national anthem chanted
for the fallen souls

# 87. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

At the border
a flag waving...
my country's

# 88. Vasile Moldovan, RO

exit strategy—
looking for a way back
from the dark side

# 89. Bill Kenney, US

my grandfather tells again
about the heroes

# 90. Jacek Margolak, PL

the dragon dances
at the Olympics; the furl of
nation flags

# 91. Gillena Cox, TT

autumn evening—
the flap of the flag
through the fog

# 92. Jacek Margolak, PL

On their flag
the sword and the shield

on ours a dove

# 93. Vasile Moldovan, RO

our flag aloft—
the land where I live
with pride and love

# 94. John Daleiden, US

day tempest—
only the police station flag

# 95. Maria Tirenescu, RO

All-Star Game—
stealth bomber flyover
after the anthem

# 96. Catherine J.S. Lee, US

a faded flag
on every light-pole . . .
more war news

# 97. Catherine J.S. Lee, US

war protesters
the soldier's widow
crosses the street

# 98. Catherine J.S. Lee, US

a paper poppy
on the old vet's lapel . . .
Memorial Day

# 99. Catherine J.S. Lee, US

the POW/MIA flag
casts a long shadow

# 100. Catherine J.S. Lee, US

# 101.

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