Fourth of July Reno Nevada 2017

The Fourth of July
Happy Independence Day!

Fourth of July Reno Nevada 2017

(From The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class)

1. Fourth in the City

As sweat began to bead off our foreheads,

my Mom and I in our respected seats,

my hands did roar with push of airy beats,

a noise that drove in silences used treads.

Where I was reading essays on poetry

and her newly acquired novel on her lap,

the heat whose fingers lured me to nap

when she was reading her mystery.

Arrived with all her luggage from her trip

to spend the day in my new city home

with iced tea and our company to sip

an empty space where marriage was undone,

our moments up and down as metronome.

2. Memories of the Fourth

I miss rituals and routines of past

to wake early and prepare the children,

to load the car to celebrate again,

to create memory with hope to last.

With folding chairs and canopy to share

our cooler full of waters to be drunk

on liberty our feelings far from sunk

a patriotism seen in parade.

But liberty does not change with each new year,

a definition largely due to place,

a shaded wooded grove without a fear,

a city where we are free to find worth,

a town to live in with dignity and grace.

3. American Independence

I dreamt the stories mother told me

a stop in middle Kentucky corn

where feast upon wooden table adorn

every mile on road to New Jersey.

She told of home with solid foundations,

an America built on families,

on yards shaded by enormous Oak trees,

Always feeling welcome without caution.

To end her trip on porch of New Jersey house,

a story of immigrants from Russia share,

a neighborhood now filled with its own wealth

and iced tea, my Mom in springtime blouse,

she says this journey made her more aware

of miles and miles outside her home and health.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

5 thoughts on “Fourth of July Reno Nevada 2017

  • July 4, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Lovely memories of family and its importance in our lives. I too miss many rituals established by parents and the family as a whole. Most of mine are now past except for distant cousins and such. But I try to instil that connection with my own kids and grandkids. Great work, Jamie, very much enjoyed.

  • July 7, 2019 at 8:25 AM

    Thank you Tony and Phyllis I am glad you enjoyed the poetry. Tony I feel rituals are what keep us focused when struggling in the adult world. One day I would love to sit, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk to both of you about your rituals and how they have shaped you. Jamie

  • July 11, 2019 at 2:14 AM

    Thank you for sharing your memories and rituals of family Jamie. When my parents were alive we upheld certain rituals every year that continued from our childhood days. We still keep some alive now that they have passed, but others have sadly fallen by the wayside. Lovely poetry.

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