It feels as if it's been a year since last Friday. How does time do that to me? To us?
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It's Consitution Day (September 17th). After seeing a poet friend post goals for an entirely different topic, I realized that I too have goals -- as a person privileged to live within the freedoms and boundaries of the United States Constitution.
First, a reminder of the beautifully written Preamble to the Constitution:
a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide
for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings
of liberty to our selves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution
for the United States of America.
for our common defense
and whole world
now and going forward
as someone of
This is wonderful. What a great idea to write a poem of goals for Constitution Day. I had no idea there was such a day. It's feeling especially important to look back at it and consider it carefully.ReplyDelete
Thanks for all your support, Linda! This is a draft? Very nice! Thoughtful and important.ReplyDelete
This draft is looking very good. Do you really need to step it up? I was touched by the words of the Preamble and so glad that you brought it to my attention. We should all make goals as citizens of America. This part of the text touched me: "insure domestic tranquility." Loved your response: "Insist peacefully on justice/even in and especially in protest."ReplyDelete
Wishing we would all make your poem a call to action, Linda. I remember being in awe that we could actually see those original documents in my first visit to DC. They are to be honored on Constitution Day & every day. Beautifully done!ReplyDelete
Thanks for leading by example with this poem, Linda. Well done! :)ReplyDelete
This is lovely! I appreciate the reminder of the Preamble as well. It has been so long since I have read it.ReplyDelete
This would make a great model for how to incorporate one piece of writing into something new. Your last few lines remind me that all who live in this country are someones of the USA.ReplyDelete
I echo all the comments here. I'd love to use this as a mentor text for my students. I want to show them how to make a common text their own. And in the process, I teach (or re-teach) the Constitution.ReplyDelete
I didn't know about Constitution Day, so thanks for this post. Enjoyed rereading the Preamble and your fine poem. :)ReplyDelete
Your constitutional goals are inspirational. Lately it seems many have forgotten this precious document, and your words are a timely reminder.ReplyDelete
Ooh, if I were still teaching, I would ask to share this for Constitution Day.ReplyDelete
Even more timely today.
I"m glad you wrote a poem to remind us of constitution day Linda! Mary Lee brought Constitution day up a while back in one of her summer posts. I especially like these goalsReplyDelete
"Share blessings of liberty
with family, friends, neighbors
now and going forward"
Love the way you're in conversation with the preamble, Linda!ReplyDelete
The Preamble IS beautiful Linda - I love how you celebrate with with your own beautiful words of commitment.ReplyDelete
My father's birthday is Constitution Day, which I think is cool! Thank you for celebrating the day so poignantly.ReplyDelete