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I took this photo of the American and Maine State Flags at Moose Point State Park in Searsport, Maine. The flurry of American flags flying proudly along the main streets of towns and villages throughout the state inspired me to write the haiku—American Flags. Dan and I have traveled the highways and byways of America from coast to coast by northern, southern and central routes. We’ve traversed both coasts from north to south and from south to north. America’s beauty abounds in its land and in its people across our great nation. Happy Independence Day as we celebrate America’s Birthday. Wishing everyone across the nation and around the globe a summer overflowing with God’s richest blessings! ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

American Flags

Haiku by Bette A. Stevens

American flags

Trumpet “God Bless America”

Homage to the land

U.S. Navy Band & Sea Chanters perform God Bless America

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Comments on: "HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY from Maine—”American Flags” haiku by Bette A. Stevens + “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin" (36)

  1. Happy 4th July Bette. May your blessings reach everyone across the Pacific and Atlantic.

  2. Thank you for sharing a beautiful pic and a wonderful blessing, Bette. ❤️

    “What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.”
    Psalm 33:12 NLT

  3. Lovely Haiku, Bette! Happy 4th to you too! Hugs xx

  4. Beautiful, Bette! Definitely a day for celebration. Have a safe and happy 4th! ❤

  5. Dear Bette, the two flags together look beautiful. I hope you had a good 4th of July.
    It occurs to me as amazing the power an image/ icon / flag has over us. No matter which country.
    Hmmm…..could we ever feel so if we created a world flag? 😊
    X
    Miriam

    • Thanks for you lovely note… A world flag–what a fantastic idea, Miriam! It would fly at the very top of every pole and remind us how much we all have in common. ❤ Wishing us all peace, love and joy! xoxoxo…

  6. D.L Finn, Author said:

    Beautiful picture and perfect Haiku! Happy 4th.

  7. Awesome, Bette! God Bless the U.S.A. ❤

  8. Beautiful pic and haiku, Bette.

  9. A wonderful image of the two flags, waving in the wind! Your haiku captures the cacophony of flags on this special day for you all. How wonderful to have traversed across the whole country … a lifetime of experiences and meetings!

  10. robbiecheadle said:

    A fabulous poem, Bette. Lovely that you are so patriotic.

    • Thanks, Robbie. 🙂 The flags remind me of the ideals our nation was founded upon–goals we must keep trying to achieve. Blessings to you and yours, dear friend. xo

  11. It is so interesting for me to see your traditions Bette,
    Jennifer

  12. I hope you had a wonderful fourth, Bette. Beautiful haiku to celebrate the day. ❤

  13. as an American
    veteran, i thank you 🙂

  14. Terrific pic and sentiments, Bette. We had a quiet Fourth, under our gazebo nestled in the oak wood behind our house. We barbecued a beef brisket and Old Glory flew overhead. We invited some friends and neighbors over, and we enjoyed some pleasant conversation together while we ate.

    It was the sort of day I wish we had more often.

    Wishing you many days like this, with details adjusted to suit. 🙂

  15. Your haiku is a lovely homage paid to this great land.

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