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Chief of Police Art Howell is pictured here on Monument Square with Sister
Lois after speaking at a Racine Interfaith Coalition prayer service, held at
The Greater Mount Eagle Baptist Church, 929 State St., where Keith Evans is
This family portrait was drawn by Lashell Howard Clewis, who lives in Milwaukee WI. She is 43 years old. She drew her inspiration from the photo at bottom, which features President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
by Tom Kral
The rim of the great orb gleams over the far horizon,
like a colossal eyelid slowly rising.
Golden streamers radiate across
an azure and emerald sea while
softly shadowed mounds of sand
begin to scintillate a rose-colored glow.
Languidly lapping surf
teases along the shoreline
as dampened flora rises to attention
before the ineluctable dawn.
The air is sweet and water-scented,
offering a warm embrace of comfort and promise.
Walkways and thoroughfares shine
with lingering dew as tri-color
bunting, flags and banners flutter
silent greetings to the early-arriving throng.
Families adorned in patriotic hues
clutching cargoes of bottles,
blankets and folded chairs
as children chatter and bounce
excitedly, tugging at restraining hands.
It is daybreak, the Fourth of July.
Tom Kral is a third generation resident of Racine and has written for the Racine Mirror nearly since its inception. He writes of his work: “This poem attempts to convey impressions of two of my favorite aspects of Racine, one cultural, one natural—the Fourth of July parade and the waterfront of Lake Michigan. No celebration better reflects the breadth and diversity of our community, nor could one imagine a more wondrous venue. Here we all come together in the spirit of unity to honor the birth of our nation.”