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Patriot Dreams

Written by Susan Noyes Anderson on . Posted in Holiday Poems, Patriotic Poems

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I grew up in the golden years
when WWII was finally past.

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A grateful country shed her fears
as fighting men came home at last.

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We stood united, bold and brave,
inspired by freedoms we could name,

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allied with nations we helped save,
and fair to those we overcame.

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We worked together for one goal
Americans held fervently:

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a union that was strong and whole,
a nation that was proud and free.

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The means were often in dispute,
but one great end was crystal clear:

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to crown with good and brotherhood
a land we all chose to revere.

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We took a little, gave a little,
compromised to get things done.

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Sometimes we met right in the middle
to ensure the country won.

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Hard work was valued and rewarded;
independence was the prize.

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Industry was praised, not thwarted.
All our hopes were on the rise.

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Flags were flown and pledges spoken.
Songs of freedom filled the air.

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Patriot dreams were still unbroken.
Faith waxed stronger than despair.

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Values laid a sure foundation.
Cynicism held its tongue.

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Firm resolve, not resignation,
was the gift we gave our young.

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A land of dreamers? Yes, indeed.
Idealists? Sure, we aimed high.

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Believing that we could succeed,
the limit was our starry sky.

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But hope gave way to animus.
When did our vision lose its reach?

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The answer lies in each of us.
Our children practice what we preach.

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The love of country starts at home.
It’s learned upon a parent’s knee.

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No patriot is born alone.
Beginnings frame our destiny.

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Who trades belief for bitterness?
This nation thrives when men are true.

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Commitment is not hit or miss.
The dream is ours. We’ll see it through.

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Walk tall on Independence Day.
Our liberty was bravely earned.

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The path is clear. Let no one say
too many bridges have been burned.

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Our land remains our land, and free.
Problems abound, but we are strong.

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In order to claim victory,
we must believe. We must belong.

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Respect and honor differences,
then focus on the things we share.

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Negotiation is the key.
We get it right when we fight fair.

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Fairness requires an open mind,
a listening ear, a lack of guile.

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Why not leave enmity behind
to serve our nation with a smile?

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And as the fireworks light the stars,
give thanks to those who went before.

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Their legacy, uniquely ours,
demands the best in us … and more.

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Be brave; be loyal, and be true.
Ring bells; sing anthems; blow a horn.

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Embrace this land of ours and prove
that patriot dreams can still be born.

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