Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Write: In the Land of the Free

The Fourth of July is Independence Day here in the US.  A day when we gather and give thanks for those men and women who have kept us free.  We also honor our forefathers who wrote the declaration that is the basis for our country.
In this age of political ups and downs, it's hard to keep faith in your country.  But we have to keep in mind that the country is not the politics.  This country is set up to support the many different peoples and beliefs.  When two people can shout at each other over what it means to be free, that is what our country is about.  When two people can scream at each other over a difference in religion, politics, ethics, or interpretations, that is what our country is about.  We don't have to like each other, we don't have to agree with each other or the government.  We can be as free and judgmental (unfortunately) as we are brave enough to be.

Exercise:  Write about the phrase "The land of the free and the home of the brave" and see what you come up with.  The entire phrase does not have to appear in your writing, nor does it have to stay in that order.  

The American dream is currently a nightmare.
A house, a yard, kids
has been replaced with
more and more money,
success, and fame.
This land of the free
is slowly gaining ground.
A nation not dependant
on amount and size
A home of the brave
who stand up and see
and share and care
about their neighbors
and planet.

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