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Monday, 22 September 2014

E Pluribus Unum

By Marc Leavitt of Marc Leavitt's Blog

We spin, without apology,
The web of our mythology.
It’s habit now, as we pursue it;
Here’s a taste of how we do it.

Let’s sing and praise Alabama
To the tune of “Oh, Susanna.”
Alaska’s famous Northern Lights,
Shine ghostly through the winter nights.

Arizona? I understand
They have a Canyon we call Grand.
From Arkansas a resident
Named Clinton, was our president.

Southern California’s teeming
With young surfers prone to dreaming.
And, Colorado, is it not
Now legal there to smoke some pot?

Connecticut lays claim to Kate;
It’s known as Hepburn’s natal state.
In Delaware, there’s a welter
Of business that gained tax shelter.

In Florida, close to a third
Of residents are called snow birds.
Georgia’s near, and well in our reach,
A perfect place to eat a peach.

Then it’s off to see Hawaii,
Oahu first, and then Kauai.
They’re busy up in Idaho,
And grow potatoes, this I know.

Abe Lincoln lived in Illinois,
But elsewhere, as a little boy.
Indiana’s the “Hoosier State,”
Exactly why, I can’t relate.

Iowa’s known for growing corn,
But you knew that, since you were born.
Kansas boast of old Dodge City,
And Wyatt Earp’s audacity.

This list of brags is going well,
Let’s take a breather for a spell;
Not even halfway through the states,
With lots more stuff to contemplate.

The Derby gives Kentucky fame,
Where horses win, unless they’re lame,
And swinging down to Louisiana,
We enjoy New Orleans glamour.

Maine’s cuisine is more than par
For those who love to eat lobster.
In Maryland, do you know what?
Babe Ruth was born, “Sultan of Swat.”

What’s Massachusetts’ claim to fame?
The place to which the Pilgrims came.
Michigan is where one panders
To the whims of Michiganders.

“Land of Lakes,” is Minnesota,
That’s not false, not one iota.
And Mississippi’s the birth place
Of Elvis, whom we can’t replace.

An author known for writing some,
Missouri’s where Mark Twain was from.
Montana’s famed for its “Big Sky,”
And fishing that you’ll have to try.

Marlon Brando’s from Nebraska;
Did you know? I had to ask ya.
Nevada is the place to go,
For gambling and to lose some dough.

Up in New Hampshire, it’s no lie,
Their motto is; “Live free, or die.”
New Jersey’s where it’s really at,
According to my neighbor’s cat.

New Mexico is where, they say,
A magic town is Santa Fe.
In New York State, Niagara Falls,
Awaits for honeymooner calls.

North Carolina, I’ve heard talk,
Is where Wright flew at Kitty Hawk.
Teddy Roosevelt liked it rough,
In North Dakota, showed his stuff.

Ohio is the state that sent
To D.C., seven presidents.
Pennsylvania’s fame? Let me tell;
The home of the Liberty Bell.

Rhode Island’s where good times or lean,
They build atomic submarines.
South Carolina, I’m aware,
Is home to TV’s Stephen Colbert.

South Dakota’s forevermore
The site of storied Mt. Rushmore.
Great music’s found in Tennessee,
Rock ‘n roll, to Grand Old Opry.

To mention Texas, at their best,
Two lines of verse won’t stand the test;
The state’s brave flag, seen from afar,
Resplendent, carries one lone star

Utah’s amazing Great Salt Lake?
Defies descriptions you might make.
Vermont’s green peaks and valleys dream,
Where Ben & Jerry make ice cream.

Five presidents, Virginia-born,
Served well during our nation’s morn.
In Washington, the “old groaner,”
Bing Crosby hailed from Tacoma.

West Virginia, historians note,
Is where they launched the first steam boat.
And last, not least, broad Wyoming,
Where buffalo are still roaming.

And there you have it, each unique,
Competes hard for the life they seek;
But in the end, they concentrate
On being the United States.

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Posted by Ronni Bennett at 05:30 AM | Permalink | Email this post


Uh Oh, wait,
you forgot a state!

The great state of Confusion
Lest there be any illusion

There I was born, there I will die,

Where it is? Nobody knows, especially not I.

Wonderful writing Mark, took some research

Excellent, Marc.

I wondered what you were going to do when you came to Washington. By the way, did you know that there's a town called George in Washington?

WOW! Very impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! And then I read it again!

Wonderful -- enjoyed reading every one. And being a Northern Californian, I understand why it's so hard to present CA as one state.

Thoroughly enjoyed that Marc - but have to say Joanne's state seems closer to home!

Awesome - it must have been fun to research and rhyme each state. All around enjoyable to read, and learn some new facts!

In New York, Brooklyn is the place:
The Dodgers used to state their case;
One single tree was on each block,
But genius by the flock
Was born there.
Even I was born one morn there.
Lift your knife and lift your fork
For Brooklyn, yea! Brooklyn, New York!

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