In celebration of the 235th birthday of the United States, I've chosen this poem by John Yau (b. 1950) from his collection Radiant Silhouette: New & Selected Work 1974-1988 (Black Sparrow Press, 1994).
"E Pluribus Unum"
It is no longer necessary for sunlight
to reach here; this kitchen with its
linoleum floor; its scuffed roses
The light has been here all along
waiting for you to reach toward it
like a fish tinged by the ocean.
~ John Yau, 1974-1979
Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
You might also enjoy my July 4, 2010, post "Alberto Rios: A poem for July 4".