‘First Executive Hour’

And Then There Was the First American President!

A sample from Book 3

 First Executive Hour
(George Washington)
on april 30, 1789
new york city
america's first capital
left behind
federal hall
its steps
raying in sunshine
new york's chancellor robert livingston
standing behind
the general's right hand
on the bible
a resting outline
he spoke
the first
presidential oath's line
an ending so help me God†
kissing of the bible
an act of the Divine†
the cheering crowds lined
a wave received
from their new
presidential headline
then inside
his inaugural address
the first official
american presidential speech
—a twenty-minute prime
the senate
the house of representatives
a new assembly refined
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‘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
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
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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