BICENTENNIAL

 

DADE SALUTES AMERICA

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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