1976 [ Selective Service | Love / Bicentennial ]


My 16th birthday:
Dad drives me
to the Post Office
to sign my
Selective Service


I sign; I’m an American
man, love my country.
It’s the law & an act of faith & love.

While “The Star-Spangled Banner”
sends tingles up & down my spine,
it’s “America the Beautiful” I love.

I thrill to Tall Ships, fireworks, our flag, & 200 years.

The United States makes mistakes,
will make mistakes.

(I’ll make mistakes.)

It’s not “my country,
right or wrong.”
It’s my country;
we must not rest —
we must fix wrongs.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 | My Day 15
April 22, 2013


About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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