“The Life of a Christmas Tree” by Gary R. Hess was first published in X-Mas in Shorts: Poetry for Christmas Cheer (Bright Dreams Journal Book 8).
“Freedom” is a poem by Gary R. Hess which was written for 4th of July, 2016 but can be enjoyed any year. Happy Independence Day, USA!
Our world is often thrown apart by hatred. Hatred for our neighbors. Hatred for our government. How can we make America a better place if we take everything this country is known for granted? It is a shame. When was the last time you thought about your own freedom? Possibly recently. However, when was the last time you thought about your neighbor’s freedom? The next time he or she does something you dislike, keep that in mind.
Gender identity, political ideals, religious beliefs (or lack thereof) are part of what makes America great. Go out and celebrate this holiday as you keep in mind what truly makes America a wonderful place to live.
“Jesus in Rhyme”
by Gary R. Hess
Jesus came, Jesus saw,
he did everything for us all.
His body was given,
His soul was shaken,
His mind was shared for all.
“It’s Saint Paddy’s Day!” is a poem written by Gary R. Hess for its namesake’s holiday. This holiday was originally meant to celebrate the patron Saint of Ireland: St. Patrick. However, more recently this holiday has become more of an excuse for children of all ages to pinch each other and for adults to drink green beer and dress like leprechauns. We also love to celebrate it by eating “Irish” food. Of course, that food usually isn’t really from Ireland. A classic is corned beef, which is actually a traditional American meal. Funny, isn’t it? Nonetheless, people of all ages love the holiday.
This contemporary poem discusses the scenery of St. Patrick’s Day.
“To My Wonderful Wife” is a love poem written by Gary R. Hess dedicated to his wife on Valentine’s Day. This romantic poem discusses the woman’s eyes and voice before mentioning the speaker’s overall feelings of passion and exuberance he felt around her.
This contemporary poem is an example of the passions love can bring to a man or woman. Even though this poem was originally written as a Valentine’s Day gift, it could be read on any day and is a wonderful spoken poem that anyone can enjoy with their spouse.(Continue reading…)
“We Celebrate” was written in celebration of the 2016 New Year. This contemporary New Year’s Day poem simply takes a look at what we Americans do on this holiday to celebrate. However, in reality, we start our celebration right around Christmas. We start to see media talk about the past year and about everything that has happened, then we talk about it with our family and with our friends. During this time, we also begin to ponder about the next year. What changes do I want to make? What might happen in my future? What will happen in my country’s future? We all hope for the best. Nonetheless, when New Year’s Eve comes there’s only one thing on our mind: party!
“Give Thanks” by Gary R. Hess is a poem written in dedication to all the Native Americans who helped the colonists in their time of need. There’s no way that they could have survived the winter without the Native people’s help. I recommend all Americans, Natives and the like, to remember those great Natives of our past who helped make America what it is today. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
“Halloween Day” is a poem written by Gary R. Hess in an attempt to recreate a typical American Halloween like when he was a child and relived as an adult. It uses humor, imagery, rhythm, and rhyme to help accomplish what turns out to be a delightful poem for this great holiday.