Rejoice our Nation


Rejoice our Nation!

(A 12 Line Exhortation)




The founding of our great nation

Is worthy of celebration

With pyrotechnic elation.

Rocket deploys

Making much noise.

Flashing colors make the crowds cheer.

Delight in the flight of passing year,

Patriotism, loud and clear!

The colors bloom!

Kaboom! Kaboom!




Author Notes Fourth of July Celebration

This Poem is a 12 Line Exhortation. I researched poetry types with 12 Lines to see what they are called. I found a group of poems called 12 Lines. But they are basically unstructured. I wanted some specific structure. I wanted a poem with 3 consecutive lines of rhyme, that played off 8/4/2 syllable counts and was positive in spirit. So I created this format and called it 12 Line Exhortation. I don’t think this format previously exists, as far as I know. Let me know if otherwise. Here are the rules. 

A 12 Line Exhortation is a poem with 12 lines, starting and ending with a 2 syllable line that caries an exhortation, like; Get up!, Move on! Go jump! The whole syllable structure is; 2/8/8/8/4/4/8/8/8/4/4/2.  There is also a fixed rhyme scheme of: AbbbaacccddA, where the capital letters are repeated lines. 

I took this photograph last night in my front yard, July 4, 2013. The neighborhood put on their own show.

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