‘Before George’

What Went Down Before George!

A sample from Book 3

 Before George
(George Washington)
 
ratifying some articles
in 1781
began to hold a country
together without ransom
 
by unanimous vote, in comes
john hanson
america’s first acting
presidential son
under the congress assembled
his powers weren’t by the ton
but taking precedence over all
was so much fun
with a house and servants
to just name some
for one year he enjoyed
the presidential run
 
...I congratulate your excellency on your appointment
to fill the most important seat in the united states....
 
george wrote
—that’s no pun
 
others shared the first
presidential hon’
 
not to make the truth
too cumbersome
or entangled in some leap
of quantum
but leaving them out would
be rather loathsome
 
our first continental congress
had their first bun
his legacy held deep
in our bosom
his name...its own anthem
john hancock—
a national emblem
 
when the articles of confederation
became our sanctum
samuel huntington was no bum
presiding over congress without a gun
a title...he held none
his health a bit well done
he couldn't finish
what he had begun
 
eight years before our declaration
became our custom
before the constitution became
our moon, star, and sun
when the british thought
we were dumb
 
the articles of confederation
began the law of the common
it wasn’t something done
in random
taking on the absolute
of a british canon
these men risked all
for God's† given freedom
 
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‘Presidential Ingredients’

I Think We Forgot What It Takes To Be An American President!

A sample from Book 3

 Presidential Ingredients
 
from 1781 to 1789
the articles of confederation
—freedom's first open door
without one czar
it's leader of congress
—historical scar
 
chaos added thorn
a beginning quickly torn
these states rattled the horn
 
in 1787—
entered philadelphia's arm
united way to form
forever historical barn
 
general george washington
now leading guard
rectifying this sinking yard
 
an awkward torch
this confederation would disbar
without a leader
holding the card
 
laws of congress—
lost in the dark
without a leader
to weave the yarn
 
private conversations
set the course
delegates struggled
the washington resource
 
washington—
freedom's sounding heart
proven worth at war
his qualities
his abilities
all set the bar
 
the united states constitution
every word's written art
general george washington
their modeled herb
for this troubled herd
the united states president
drawn...descriptive verse
 
a non-surrendering sir
who conquered
every british force
without remorse
 
who learned
a leader's dart
fighting
on the ground
every part
 
without book-worm smarts
a full-blooded soldier's heart
forever modeled—
united states presidential mark
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