Editor's Haiku Choices




"Of Thee I Sing"*

John Daleiden


Fifteen poets from seven countriesAustralia, Canada, India, Poland, Romania, Trinidad, and the United States, participated in the July 2008 flag / patriotism haiku thread.






Trinidad & Tabago

United States

The word patriotism comes from a Greek word meaning fatherland (Latin patria < Greek patris, πατρίς)a love of one's country that includes connections to the land and people, including customs and traditions, pride in its history, and devotion to its welfare.

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

# 72. Zhanna P. Rader, US

Patriotism denotes positive and supportive attitudes to a homeland:

shopping every day
since 9/11

# 76. Bill Kenney, US

Patriotism covers such attitudes as pride in its achievements and culture, the desire to preserve its character and the basis of the culture, and identification with other members of the nation:

On their flag
the sword and the shield

on ours a dove

# 93. Vasile Moldovan, RO

Patriotism is an ideologyit often promotes patriotic attitudes as desirable and appropriateoccasionally it is international in scope:

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

# 91. Gillena Cox, TT

Patriotism has ethical connotationsit implies that the homeland is a moral standard or moral value in itself:

Oh, Canada
out of the spotlight
is where she shines

# 22. Kristin Reynolds, CA / US

Patriotism also implies that the individual should place the interests of the nation above their personal and group interestssometimes individuals sacrifice their own life:

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

# 04. Karen O'Leary, US


POW/MIA flag
flies thru the night—
not forgotten

# 03. Peter Pache, US


dog days
a pow/mia flag
hangs limp

# 51. Josh Wikoff, US

Governments promote an official patriotism which has a high symbolic and ceremonial contentthe expression of the common good of the political community. National monuments, and veterans days and commemoration ceremonies are typical examples:

standing tall:
a grand nation
raising the flag

# 37. Keith A. Simmonds, TT

Occasionally, patriotic acts of individuals are controversialactions that are contrary to a specific governmental positionacts that some individuals view as examples of civil disobedience:

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

# 73. Aju Mukhopadhyay, IN


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

# 55. Ed Baker, US

Patriotism relies heavily on symbolic acts, such as displaying the flag, singing the national anthem, participating in a mass rally, placing a patriotic bumper sticker on one's vehicle, or any other way of publicly proclaiming allegiance to the state.

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

# 99. Catherine J.S. Lee, US


Skippy and his mates
under the Southern Cross
hopping to it

# 59. Barbara A Taylor, AU

Here, a grandfather preserves the "stories" of "the heroes" by passing them on to a new, younger generation:

my grandfather tells again
about the heroes

# 90. Jacek Margolak, PL

In the haiku above each of the poets expresses patriotic feelings; this is my personal haiku offering for the patriotism theme:

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

# 94. John Daleiden, US


*Of Thee I Sing is a musical set in the White House, with a score by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. It opened on Broadway in 1931 and ran for 441 performances. It was the longest-running Gershwin show during George Gershwin's lifetime; it was the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize for best American play in 1932, signaling the genre of the American musical had come of age.








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