all rise to sing stanza four?

Francis Scott Key wrote a poem, “The Star Spangled Banner” of four stanzas but we only sing the first as our national anthem (with the exception of home school graduation ceremonies).   Here are the words to the final stanza…and my politically incorrect questions to fellow Americans and free thinking people everywhere! 
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation;

who will stand ready to protect family and home
if we don’t dare bare arms against terrorists?

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!

who will give thanks for his providential blessings
if we trade precious freedoms for rainbow cakes?

Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”

who will stop evil and injustice in the world
if we only serve god of greed and money?

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

who will salute the symbol of brave freedom if
we traffick humanity and sell fetal body parts?

_________

Connecting with dVerse poets’ pub and Claudia’s look at national anthems…

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 20:20:53

    Clearly expressed. I feel your sincerity, and I defend your right to say it – while disagreeing except re greed and money. (Couldn’t get linky right; mine is here: ttp://passionatecrone.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/who-come-waltzing-matilda-with-me.html)

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  2. Mary
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 20:38:09

    “who will give thanks for his providential blessings
    if we trade precious freedoms for rainbow cakes? ”

    I really don’t understand how accepting people who are gay interferes with anyone’s freedom. Giving some people more freedom does not take anyone else’s freedom away. Everyone is human and deserves equality.

    ” who will salute the symbol of brave freedom if
    we traffick humanity and sell fetal body parts? ”

    I guess you are talking of Planned Parenthood. I am wondering if you realize the good that Planned Parenthood does…or if you haven’t paid attention to that. I also wonder if you know anyone who has Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis, and realize that a lot of research is done to help people using fetal stem cells which may eventually lead to a cure. What would you say if one of your children had one of these diseases and this kind of research could help them?

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  3. Grace
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 19:13:16

    I admire the questions after each line ~ Food for thought ~ Thanks Lynn 🙂

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  4. writerwannabe763
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 17:39:03

    Important questions Lynn…. Diane

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  5. Victoria C. Slotto
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 17:03:52

    I’m so grateful that you chose that wonderful 4th stanza and stood up for life in the process.

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  6. X (@Xpoet73)
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 15:50:37

    Ugh. That last part is stomach turning,
    and nice play on that last stanza. We never really hear beyond the first,
    and there is much we have forgotten further along in the anthem.

    Sorry, I am late. I can’t post a comment
    where I have to use Twitter
    from school.

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  7. kanzensakura
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 13:53:11

    We need to know all the verses and thank you for bringing this one forth. I like the way you brought it out with very important questions being asked. None of the nations are perfect or have had peaceful starts, but I’ll take this one over the others. I just pray we address these questions and to become better citizens of this country and the world. Excellent write.

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  8. claudia
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 13:40:12

    yep- some good questions here – it is sad when nations seem to serve the god of greed and power and forget their own people

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  9. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:58:05

    I think we can each read in our own views in a stanza like this.. the greed and money with Mammon as god works well for me..

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  10. Glenn Buttkus
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:52:42

    The two stanzas in the middle were cool too. Your inquiries do stir up the frustration of this new century, & even though we know about the news within minutes from e every corner of the planet, I wonder sometimes if the world has truly changed, or are we just more focused & aware of every tragic & controversial event, so it just seems more prevelant?

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  11. katiemiafrederick
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:52:14

    Well Lynn.. it’s been worth the wait.. and one
    thing i know for sure and feel
    that as an American
    to truly be brave and
    free is to bare a soul..
    and i appreciate the
    fact and feeling you
    do that here.. first
    of all i’d like to
    say and feel
    i don’t have
    a gun as
    i am an
    extremely
    proficient
    martial
    artist and can
    take away a gun
    from most
    people
    before
    they
    see me coming..
    but never ever
    the less I believe in
    the second amendment
    so the weak will not
    fall easy to
    the blessed
    in strength
    and fighting
    potential like
    me.. against
    all forms of
    terrorist
    actions.. domestic
    and abroad where
    feet are not
    enough
    to deFeat
    the foe..
    and yeah..
    i am the
    most opposite
    sex loving dude
    you will ever meet..
    but never the less
    Science SHOWS
    A full sexual and
    gender orientation
    where both innate
    and environmental
    factors Come
    in TO PLAY..
    AND WHILE
    PORK IS
    OK TO
    EAT..
    WE MUST
    PROGRESS
    from ideologies
    of the past
    and eyes
    that see
    more OF
    GOD so
    Rainbow
    Cakes must
    come for ALL
    to BE FREe and
    not just us vanilla
    and chocolate
    loving folks
    of the opposite
    sex.. ok.. that’s
    two down two
    more to go.. whew..
    and if i didn’t like you
    i will not go this far friend..
    Number 3.. greed and
    money just S88Ks.. no
    disagreement there..;)
    Number 4..
    Abortion is a mighty
    tricky one.. a catch 22
    issue of Nature too..
    sorta like the
    gay issue too..
    there are as
    many unsafe
    illegal
    abortions
    in Catholic Mexico
    as there are
    in Mixed
    Church U.S.A.
    where Abortions
    are safe and legal..
    i personally will not
    get an abortion if
    i am female with
    male eyes.. but
    the World Health
    Organization shows
    that unsafe abortions
    are a major factor
    in women’s permanent
    disability and suffering
    of human life at
    the hands of
    cruel tools
    to get the job
    done.. when humans
    are truly desperate and
    having another child
    means the current
    ones WILL LITERALLY
    STARVE TO DEATH.. NO
    LIFE ISN’T EASY in
    all parts of the world
    for sure.. but the
    fact is.. abortions
    are part of human
    nature and will
    continue legal
    or not..
    the only safe
    alternative that
    SHOULD SUIT
    ALL SIDES.. on this
    issue is safe and legal
    effective birth control..
    but sadly the church
    I attend regularly..
    the Catholic one
    will not budge
    an inch on THAT
    either.. so
    the reality
    is people who
    are not cut out
    to have children
    will continue
    to either have
    them or abort
    them.. and SOME children
    who are not loved will
    continue to become
    drug addicts
    and or criminals
    later in life.. as when
    nurturing in the first two
    years does NOT FULLY
    happen.. the connections
    are never made in the brain
    to feel satiated in happiness
    in life from simply having
    the human connection
    of touchy feely
    love in eyes
    of child and
    child’s mother
    and other nurturing
    surrogate parents
    or Father.. so truly
    a big part of greed
    and money are
    those parents
    who are forced
    in to having children
    who are never cut
    out to do it in the
    first place and
    can be forced
    into it
    by religious
    ideology
    that has nothing
    to do with the
    God of Nature
    in the first place
    that never ever follows
    the rules of humans.. GOD
    is a mix of dark and light..
    humans can choose to live
    with GOD or against GOD
    AS GOD gives us these
    brains to discern
    the REAL TRUTH AND
    LIGHT AND ALL
    OF US WILL
    LIVE WITH
    actions
    and
    consequences
    dark or
    LIGHT..
    and Lynn.. dear
    sister Lynn.. this
    is a real long.. long..
    comment.. if you delete
    it that is cool.. as i am
    using it as inspiration..
    as i promised earlier
    and I am not here
    to be right or wrong..
    i am just here
    to wRite ..
    smiles..
    my friend
    Lynn..
    and if i do
    not use my brain
    AND HEART FULLY
    THAT WILL BE THE
    HEIGHT OF DISRESPECT
    TOWARD GOD THE ONE WHO
    GIFTS ME WITH WHATEVER
    I HAVE NOW.. FROM KICKING
    BUTT FEET…TO LOVING
    OTHER’S HEART
    UNCONDITiONaLLY
    PASSIONATE AND
    YES TOUGH TOO..
    God is no
    wimp..
    and neither
    am i.. smiles..
    and winks.. and
    no.. God and
    Jesus ARE not
    neutered or clothed
    either
    smiles.. AGAIN..
    i think THAT will
    really make Jesus
    more angry than
    anything that
    religions
    and culture
    neuter
    him..
    that’s a Catholic
    Priest thingy..
    not
    a
    Jesus or
    GOD thingy..
    bigger SmiLes
    and Truth and Light
    my friend.. lies
    REAL
    Truth
    WITHIN..
    Lots of Love
    friend and
    hope to
    see you
    later on
    the dVerse
    Trail..:)

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  12. Sumana Roy
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:36:57

    “who will stop evil and injustice in the world
    if we only serve god of greed and money?”……this could be asked to every nation i think….

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  13. C.C.
    Aug 26, 2015 @ 08:33:59

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard the fourth stanza! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

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