James Casey

(11June 1940 / Binghamton, New York)

The Patriotic Bathing Suit


The Patriotic Bathing Suit

Silently the door clicks
All heads turn in anticipation
She's out for the pool
No need for any imagination
That gorgious body was poured into that flag
All men' s eyes were trained on that suit
She then saunters to the awaiting deck
Will today be the day she gets it wet?
The men sighed:
' God Bless America '

That American flag never fit so well
It certainly made all the men' s pride swell
And their hearts would skip a beat
Looking at that red and white seat
And the men thanked
'' God for America '

She was a beauty in an American flag
What more could a man wish to see
On this warm summer day?
There was no finer place to be
And the men whispered:
' Thank God for America '

Then she dove into the water
Grown men started to cry
When she stepped out of the water,
There was, collectively, a very loud sigh
And the men sang:
' GOD BLESS AMERICA '

Submitted: Friday, December 24, 2010
Edited: Thursday, April 26, 2012

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It was summer 1997, we were at our campground in New York State. The swimming pool was in the center of it and every Saturday the men would gather near the pool for the 'show ' The girl, a woman really, would leave her camper in an American Flag bathing suit and a Marilyn Monroe body. It was hard on the older men who waited. but everything stopped when she emerged from her camper. This poem reflects that time.........

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