When Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Deeds

Our country is a nation made up of citizens from every corner of the world.  They came here for a better life.  We band together in times of strife for protection and strength in defense of neighbors and family.  This tradition, this legacy must stand.


“D’artanion’s Call in The New World

The fog of war crept in cannon shot, screams

and the lightening volley thudding death over ramparts

while Francis Scott Keys dreamed

and witnessed the flag still there.


The crossbars creaked and trapdoor scraped

a droning sound that harmonized with a soft call for God

as Nathan Hale ended his words about a fight just begun.


“Don’t harm a hair on this army’s heads!”

Molly yelled loud enough to bring Redcoats shame

as British long rifles lifted aim, then buried stocks in

unshorn grass on the Village Square, one woman’s

voice going hoarse with hope rising there.


The pulse of a nation weakly beats, unemployment up

and children dying on the streets, an industrial

nation outsourced, while citizens man wars against terrorism,

the intercontinental devil with chimera heads.

Here at our nation’s heart, the brave Senator

leaves his post, for “Congress is not operating as it should.”


The Party of No reigns supreme in hallowed halls

where patriots planned, organized and passed laws

to protect the US Constitution on its democratic path

for a free citizenry living in harmony and prosperity.

The strange pledge of allegiance now grates on every citizen’s ear–

The Party of No is really the Party of No Action,

a frozen government sinking into the status quo

of big business profits over solving our economy’s woes.

In this legislative hell, Congressmen wallow in partisan toil,

or so say Senatorial rats fleeing a burning ship of state.



About maryjocee

Mary Jo Caffrey retired from the Air Force and lives in Gretna with her husband Larry, also a retired “lifer.” They live with a two little dogs and four parrots. Mary Jo is a native Nebraskan with a degree from Kearney State College and has experience teaching combat crew procedures to STRATCOM aircrews and English to middle school students. Guess which was the easier job. Mary has been writing forever, but got serious about it after editing a family memoirs book a couple years ago. Her specialties are poems, short stories, and a quirky novel under umpteenth revision . Mary Jo is a member of the Nebraska Writer’s Workshop and the Nebraska Writers’ Guild.
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2 Responses to When Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Deeds

  1. That’s a lot of food for thought. It will take a while to digest.

  2. maryjocee says:

    It was another political ranting mood of mine caused this one, Jim. Hard to filter the good stuff from the bad. Thank you for reading this poem.

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