We the People

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“We the People” drafted

Constitution crafted

 

Forefathers build nation

Democracy’s station

 

Living in common cause

Unity never pause

 

Choosing “We” over “Me”

Finding means to agree

 

America’s ship sails

“We the People” prevails

 

World War II fought and won

Nation working as “One”

 

Sacrifices show pride

Freedom’s devoted ride

 

Imperfect union lives

Unselfish people give

 

What’s happening today?

Are we losing our way?

 

Debating common sense

Rhetoric becomes tense

 

Choosing “Me” over “We”

Lady Liberty flees

 

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Distant Land

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Nation’s outstretched hand

Shaping distant land

 

Trade benefits both

Bringing steady growth

 

Prosperity’s health

Welcoming new wealth

 

Benevolence molds

Filling now with cold

 

This mighty power

Seeing its plans sour

 

Citizens lack voice

Having little choice

 

Uproar fuels action

Bringing reaction

 

Hostile clouds amass

Reaching dark impasse

 

Big brother nation

Facing frustration

 

Rebels gather ‘round

Fading common ground

 

More Redcoats arrive

Gathering beehive

 

Independence shouts

Calling freedom out

 

Colonists stand firm

Battling to affirm

 

Mother country’s heart

Tearing self apart

 

British might stands down

Watching its meltdown

 

America stands

Molding freedom’s hands

 

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Throughout history, many nations have attempted to mold and shape other lands into their own image.  Terms such as imperialism, colonization, and nation building sometimes come to mind.  It is worth noting that the British attempted to establish a foothold on the American continent starting in 1607.  By the mid-1770s, their plans for a continuing American empire were crumbling.  Few, if any other nations, have learned from this lesson in history . . . America included.

America’s Tour (Haiku Series #140)

Hawaii

Breakfast made for kings

Never complete without meat—

Taste “Spam” from a can

Kansas

Fast food history

Wichita’s college brothers—

World’s first Pizza Hut

Michigan

Red, blue, and yellow

Man of Steel’s most favorite—

“Superman” ice cream

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Monday Memories: 60’s Rock America

This poem was crafted and published back in September, 2019.  The words present a memorable discussion of a most significant decade in American history.  The text is shown with its original wording except where the rhyming format needed updating.

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People recall the 60’s, a very “trendy” decade

Rocking America into a new era, never to fade

 

Momentous events and life transformations arrive

Creating a cultural revolution, just trying to survive

 

The youngest President ever elected in this land

Sending JFK with a new generation’s eager hands

 

President Kennedy challenges a waiting nation

Landing on the moon brings wonder and elation

 

Civil Rights for “all” people lights a hope-filled beam

Marching to Washington to hear “I Have a Dream”

 

Ford creates a flashy and stunning sports car

Rolling out the Mustang, best ‘lil pony by far

 

The British invade with innovative music to bring

Introducing the Beatles, their tunes endlessly sing

 

Southeast Asia slowly captures more of a nation’s time

Making Vietnam, a catalyst filling emotions that climb

 

Rock music festival invites all to a muddy field—Woodstock

Continuing to sing his top hits, Elvis Presley’s movies rock

 

Beautiful music and worthy films reach out to all

Singing and acting, Julie Andrews’ fills the call

 

Television comes into its own with new innovation

Viewing “The Fugitive” becomes a nation’s fixation

 

Assassinations tear through a nation, they sadly ring

Losing two Kennedy’s and Dr. King, forever will sting

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes

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I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness.  We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.

The words of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) continue to reverberate around the world.  In America, we honor his vision of peace, understanding, and justice on the third Monday of every January.  May we all continue to strive for a world filled with the power of love.

Enduring Words

In the United States, the “Pledge of Allegiance” has been recited countless times in school classrooms, at the beginning of meetings, sporting events, and other instances.  The original 29 words were inspired by the writings of Francis Bellamy (from 1892) and became official in 1923.  In 1954, the words, “under God” were added.  These 31 words mean much more than just a mere collection of words.  

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I pledge allegiance

 

We the People, commit to stand

With loyalty across this land

 

To the flag

 

Stars and Stripes shall forever fly

Old Glory standing proud and high

 

Of the United States of America

 

Solidarity, stand as One

United, never be undone

 

And to the Republic

 

A more perfect Union shall spring

Shining democracy will ring

 

For which it stands

 

Tested, resilient, and upright

Faithful courage, nation’s birthright

 

One nation under God

 

Built upon God’s eternal love

Divine guidance comes from above

 

Indivisible

 

Inseparable and lasting

Forged by trial and fire’s casting

 

With liberty

 

Covering this land of the free

Freedom from sea to shining sea

 

And justice for all

 

Conquers inequities with care

Truth and righteousness come to bear 

 

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I have posted this video before, but it is worth a second look.  Here is American comedian, Red Skelton, sharing his interpretation of the words’ meaning in the “Pledge of Allegiance.”  

Monday Memories: America’s Election Night

This poem was originally written in October, 2018.  At the time, it seemed more of a reflective piece, written prior to the elections in November of that year.  The text has been edited to update the overall style, but the original theme remains the same.  In light of the election of 2020, it seems to be an appropriate time to publish this poem again.

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Voting has finally finished for yet another election

Americans have once again made their selections

 

As the election numbers begin to trickle in

People grow anxious to learn who will win

 

The past weeks have bombarded the airwaves with ads

Some of their messages are so negative and very sad

 

Candidates rekindle passions with their positions

Voters seek news outlets with impartial conditions

 

Democratic or Republican, both sides seek votes

Our world seems confused, filling with wild oats

 

Many look back at the past and yearn to return

But so much has changed in taking a wrong turn

 

Any nation steps forward, when citizens rally as one

Coming together, putting country ahead of anyone

 

Falling asleep in his chair, with the television still on

He awakens to see a nation coming together at dawn

 

America is the home of the brave and the land of the free

Let us all make our country as proud as it should really be

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For the People (Elfchen Series #28)

Hear Their Words 

Listening

Founding Fathers

Sharing our cause

Now speaking to us

America

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Unity in Voice

Sunrise

Another day

Freedom for all

A nation stands as

One

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A Dream for All

People

Seeking equality

Hand in hand

All races and creeds

Togetherness

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) joins in a theme of “For the People.”  This phrase was used by American President Abraham Lincoln near the end of his famous Gettysburg Address (follow the link to read the entire speech).

America’s Renewed Declaration

From John 8:32:  “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

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Blessed land stretching from ocean to ocean

Spacious skies wink at fields of abundant grain

Framed in by towering, majestic mountains

God’s Grace covering the land like fruitful rain

 

Lady Liberty extends her message of hope

Calling out, only demanding to breathe free

Ensuring freedom for the huddled masses

Keeping her torch lite, from sea to shining sea

 

Asking God to mend a nation’s ills and flaws

Lifting praises up to the Father above

His glory be forever praised here below

Liberty and freedom shall ring, filled with love

 

Forgiving our nation’s errors and transgressions

Healing hearts of discord, peace now safeguarded

Leading this nation out of its dark wilderness

Remembering an old path, long discarded

 

Nation founded from scratch, with lasting vision

“All men are created equal” crying out

Endowed from the Creator, come certain rights

Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness shout

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“American the Beautiful” is a beloved song.  You are invited to listen to this familiar song as sung by Lee Greenwood by clicking on the American flag below.  God Bless America!

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