We sing to you, America,

though we prefer to be at home.

The Super Bowl was not our choice,

Newtown we hope will recover soon.

We don’t expect to see more guns,

except in our bad dreams.

We sing to you, America,

though we prefer to be at home.

 

Our choir did not disappoint,

We were proud to sing before so many.

It was not until the second half

that a flood of tears put out the lights.

So far we have escaped the blame,

our choir did not disappoint.

We were proud to sing before so many.

James Ostheimer is a Rockport resident and member of the Poets’ Corner group at the Rockport Public Library. He is a Yale graduate, a former jet pilot in the Air Force and the Air National Guard and a lifelong sailor. Before moving to Maine, Ostheimer lived in Arizona, where he won poetry awards in the Arizona State Poetry Contest in 2001 and 2003. "Blue Yonder" (2002) and "Harbor Lights" (2004) are available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. "Witness" (2007) is his third book of poetry.