A very happy Independence Day to one and all!
photograph of Old Glory from the Civil War, circa 1864, soldier is from the 37th Pennsylvania Infantry
As I spoke with love and pride:
"I’m blessed to be an American," I said,
To two friends who stood by my side.
He's a citizen, like me.
The other, a visitor from a hard, oppressed land,
Far across the sea.
Said my neighbor, boiling mad.
"The terrible shape this country’s in,
The future looks nothing but bad.
On our land like a giant stain."
My visitor said, "We have all that, and worse,
But it’s against the law to complain."
Then he started in on the Press:
"There’s nothing but bad news; the headlines are bleak."
(It gets me down, too, I confess.)
"It’s just how you’d like to be.
We know what our government wants us to know;
Our press is controlled, you see."
And here is the end to my story:
The next time we saw him, he was out in his yard,
Proudly raising Old Glory.