Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 4, 2017

241 years ago an idea no one dared to believe
That a rag tag bunch of farmers, shopkeepers, and workmen would cause the Lion to grieve
At Concord and Lexington we tweaked the Lion’s tail
No taxation without representation, we could not fail
Five years of struggle, the misery of Valley Forge and near starvation
A nation divided even as it fought for its salvation
Brave men, brave women against the most powerful nation then on Earth
Washington, Lee, Wayne, Marion and till he turned Arnold proved their worth
One by one the British generals went down to defeat
The Eagle bloodied but when it came to freedom would not retreat
241 years later together we can gather to enjoy
The freedoms our forefathers with force of arms chose to employ
God bless America, God bless its shining lights
Thank God for a nation that has got it mostly right
© July 4, 2017 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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