Red, White and Blue

Autumn Flag

Red, White and Blue
Defense Contractor’s Lament (Villancico Poem)

When there’s Patriotism in your soul
And making mighty weapons is your role.

You can build the world’s sleekest jets,
Phantoms on any radar sets,
While making crimson silhouettes.
Pilot at the control
Makes the plane dip and roll.

You can build the world’s proudest fleet.
No other Navy can compete.
If heavy battle group they meet,
Missiles will punch a hole,
As fighting takes its toll.

You send satellites into space,
Our Planet’s interlocking lace,
Eloquently taking their place,
Met the Engineering goal,
Settling above the North Pole.

If you’re Red, White and Blue,
They’ll lay a contract on you.
If you’re Red, White and Blue,
And you know just what to do,
Then shoot a rocket through the sky,
Sailing past the clouds on high.
It’s the Fourth of July!
If you’re Red, White and Blue!

Gave our technological best,
And stood up to the toughest test.
Who could have predicted or guessed?
Those forces on patrol,
Will knock you off your pole.

But your image’s black and blue,
When Politicians don’t know you.
News agency reports, untrue!
Cynics sucked out their soul.
Patriots on parole

If you’re Red, White and Blue,
They’ll lay a contract on you.
If you’re Red, White and Blue,
And you know just what to do.
Then shoot a rocket through the sky,
Sailing past the clouds on high.
It’s the Fourth of July!
If you’re Red, White and Blue!

Author Notes
This poem has the basis in my working with a Defense Contractor my whole career, in a Liberal state that treated us, and the 10,000 associated high paying engineering jobs, like second class citizens. So, when there were opportunities to expand, the state laid out heavier costs, forcing the jobs to move to Florida and Colorado. Ultimately, the liberals and courts got their wish. The facility is now closed.

This poem is a Villancico style poem. A style that can be sung. Villancico: Spanish verse form first found in 12th century Iberia. Usually about religious, pastoral or other popular theme. Unlike its spin off the Villanelle, there are many different verse rules. It seems most of the Villancico written during this time use the following rules. Opening stanza provides in whole or in part, a REFRAIN of one or two lines that rhyme. This refrain will conclude the remaining stanzas. Rhyme scheme is quite demanding, with each stanza required to be symmetrical from 3 to 8 lines and rhyme with one another but not with the refrain. Further complicated by mandatory symmetrical 6 to 14 syllable lines seems to be standard,, except in the refrains, where syllable count is not as important. Here is the most common rhyme scheme. Aa bbbaa bbbaa cccaa, etc.. Today, lyric writers us this form for the combined use of rhyme, meter and syllabic count, but have changed verse rules to fit their needs.

For this Villancico, the beginning rhyming Couplet rhyming is 10 syllable counts, For 5 the main stanzas of 5 lines each and the couplet, the rhyme scheme is aa bbbaa cccaa dddaa eeeaa fffaa. Syllable count 10,10 88866 88866 88866 88866 88866.
For the 3 refrains the line count is 67677766 with a rhyme scheme of ababccca

This picture of the US Flag in an Autumn setting, to represent the fading of patriotism, is from my our personal photographic collection. Taken in October 2012, in a Cathedral area front yard.

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