A Shakespearean Civics Sonnet

The Constitution burns a hole in my
pocket, but what can I do? These sonnets
are far away from when the Founders’ eye
rested on the ideas Madison sets
out to present the Articles for us
to learn through years made for sure an oath
that will preserve, protect, and defend us
in this more perfect Union. In measured growth
our rising words that constitute this thread
woven into We the People whose choice,
mirror Article # 2, if read
correctly in Section 1, confirms the voice
spoken by Faith at the ballot box through Time,
unless Treason steals Reason’s vote by crime.

Kemmer Anderson taught English for 40 years at McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he was faculty advisor to the Amnesty International Chapter. Read other articles by Kemmer.