We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happiness.
Lee Greenwood follows the National anthem,
reminds us, we are proud to be Americans,
where at least we know we are free and our
hands never leave our chests until we cheer,
air filled with cordite smoke & brilliant
flowers of light pierce the dark stripes
of space between heaven's stars---
are these the same truths we still believe?
all men, now being all people, does this
extend beyond our borders or are we the
chosen elect of 'our' Creator, others should
strive to be? or is it 'our' responsibility to
spread, like butter on mama's corn bread, filling
in the crannies with 'our' brand of goodness?
by whose standards are life, liberty & the
pursuit of happiness measured?
dare i ask---who snuck in an 'unless' over the
edit caret, when we legislate who one can
marry, deny healthcare, or---far too many things
to list but perhaps these are best held for
as with the last several years, i sit on a
blanket covering a small patch of green sixteen
at the country club, across the ravine from
those that can afford such things. There are
more on this side than years before & we are
thankful, grace given to slip the fence to
enjoy their festivities.
pop pop kshisss fssss pop kshiss
a fiery glow lights my sons' faces, frozen
in delight & i need not pursue happiness much
further than these crumbs from the table, of
kings and country, at least for tonight.
The opening of the Declaration of Independence is probably the most well known nice in our nation's history. As I was reading it again last night it just got me thinking in light of our present political/economic climate and the days to come for our proud country. Thank you to all those that serve to preserve freedom every where.