Ode To A Nation

Concord Mass. Bunker hill

They’re there still

Valley Force, Washington over the Delaware

dragon fly insect on a branch waterCaught the Hessians unaware

Shoeless men muskets flare

Ticonderoga hero Arnold

West Point traitor Benedict

Gates made to sway, caught against the bay

Seven years of sweat and blood

Freedomland born we love

Quiet over the land

Washington uses a steady hand

Freedom liberty justice is ready to stand

All inclusive, except the women and the Blackman

Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin

They give meaning to the words upon the page

Stars and stripes forever may they wave

Cannons rumble bayonet’s shinning flare

Redcoats again from Trafalgar square

Southlands under seize by tyranny

New Orleans was Old Hickory’s call

Bayonets made to fall Jackson above them all

White house proves his destiny

To the West to the West young man

Lewis and Clark mapped the unknown land

Redman in his ancestral homes made to roam

Calvary sent to make him relent

Freedom liberty justice not given to all

Nation divided from North to South

Slavery in the South was the shout

Injustice chains the Blackman’s hand

Blood of brothers across the land

Self evident truths left behind

The blue and the grey in long battle lines

The test of a nation to undo its sins

Liberty freedom and justice for all

Pillars of a mighty nation about to fall

Fort Sumter, Vicksburg, Chancellorsville

Slaughtered youth in the Wilderness

Corpses and heroes lay on every side

It is a bloody tide, dark years before victory

Lee, Grant, Jackson, Sherman, Longstreet, McClellan

Names carved in our history

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Harper’s Ferry, Cold Harbor, Antietam, Shiloh

Death unbound along the Sunken Road

Shoeless boys at Gettysburg

The Devil’s Triangle, Cemetery Ridge, Little Round Top

Kin against kin, brother against brother it will not stop

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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