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4th Grade Music Room

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4th Grade Music Room

Under her guidance, we stood at attention
forming a row  for the national anthem
"Oh Say, Can You See?"...those familiar old words
We would sing, not in unison
but with avid enthusiasm
out of tune, out of rhythm
with our childish delusions
that we were quite good!

As we  stood in the room
she would move down the line
with a frown in the lines
of her brow, then would bow
till her ear matched our voice
and her hand would be poised
with two fingers ensued
keeping time with the tune.

She would grit all her teeth
bite the inside of cheeks
Such a serious task!
it was all that she asked
that we our best

When we mastered, at last
She would gasp, then exclaim
as we sang each refrain
Mixed with tears, she would clap

I remember it now...
Here I stand in this row
with my hand on my heart
as the first strain imparts
Yes, I know those old words...
they'll remain part of me
'til the day that I die
"O Say, Can You See?"...still familiar to me

But no..............I can't see....

          There are tears in my eyes...

For the Project UFO Contest: Sponsored by Robert Heemstra

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  1. Date: 5/2/2013 2:35:00 PM
    fantastic!!! It's super high for ME!! Congrats.

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 2:22:00 PM
    Carrie, such talent will always prevail.... This one really touched me.... Jake

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 7:06:00 PM
    Congrats Carrie. Rick

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 7:03:00 PM
    Carrie, congratulations in Robert's contest. ~LINDA

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 6:04:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Carrie~A.O

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 4:28:00 PM
    this is wonderful! so touching and powerful. i really love this poem!

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 4:07:00 PM
    I don't remember music in the fourth grade but I do remember learning the foxtrot. Thanks for the entry.

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Nicely done! Powerful ending there!

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:40:00 PM
    lovely write, Carrie and the ending is beautiful

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:16:00 PM
    This is truly a work of art, Carrie. I'm adding it to my favourites. That ending... Wow. Amazing job!

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 3:22:00 PM
    Carrie; This is a beautiful poem. The National Anthem is beautiful. I too remember when I was in that grade. Thanks for sharing...... Lucilla

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 6:41:00 AM
    Outstanding, Carrie. It makes me think back to the same situations in my own life....thank you for that.

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 2:38:00 AM
    It all made for a wonderful poem, Carrie, love the message this carries also...

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 10:44:00 AM
    Oh, what a wonderful poem has she writtenI The memories of childhood, when all things were so true and so real! No matter what the country, the love of home is so great! Have enjoyed it! Thank you!

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 2:59:00 PM
    you will never lose your magic touch,carrie... a most winsome piece that fills the senses with such charm... thanks for your support and warmth.. yes, i'm somehow back!..:) huggs and loving wishes!..:)

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 10:36:00 PM
    You have given a touching tribute to any national anthem. Blessed are the country and its people, which possess a teacher like your teacher and a poet like you my friend. Nothing is greater than the nation. Great write Carrie. Hope you are keeping very fine. Love and best wishes always....Ravindra