1776 – 1976



It’s the birthday of our nation,

time for play and celebration,

time, too for appreciation.


For all who have paid a big price

in suffering and sacrifice,

trying to create paradise.


How much did they fail or succeed?

What do we have – what do we need?

How do we pray, our cause to plead?


What have we done for this, our land?

Do we even care – understand –

the qualities that make it grand?


Are we really patriotic?

Are we merely idiotic –

creations scenes so chaotic?


It’s the birthday of our nation!

It’s time for evaluation –

a time for rededication.


To principles of its founding,

grateful for blessings abounding,

heed the need for freedom sounding!


Eloise Metcalf Brown


Published in The Sampler (Spring – 1976)

Alabama State Poetry Society

Reprinted with Permission



(Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer program, 1981.)

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