I reading Lori Anderson’s blog Pretty Thingsthis week as I always do. She mentioned that we could feature people we admire in our blog in a way to gain followers. I thought that was a really good idea. Well, this week one of my students donated books and magazines as she is cleaning out her stash. While going through, I came upon a book by one of my favorite poets, Helen Steiner Rice. The book poem's title God Bless America. In it I found a poem "Independence Day". I was inspired to be the best that I could be. Here it is:
GOD BLESS AMERICA and keep her strong and free, Safe from “all our enemies” wherever they may be. For enemies are forces that often dwell within, Things that seem so harmless become a major sin, Little acts of selfishness grow into lust and greed And make the love of power our idol and creed… For all our wealth and progress are as Worthless as can be Without the faith that made us great And kept our nation free, And while bit’s hard to understand the Complexities of war, Each one of us must realize that we are fighting for The principals of freedom and decency of man, But all of this must be achieved according to God’s plan So help us as Americans to search deep down inside And discover if the things we do are always justified, And teach us to walk humbly and closer in Thy ways And give us faith and courage And put purpose in our days, And make each one of us aware that each Must do his part For in the individual is where peace must Have its start. For a better world to live in where all are Safe and free Must start with faith and hope And love deep in the heart of “me”
I am a self-taught artist with a passion for all things "color". My favorite Medium is watercolor and I also like to quilt and design jewlery. I teach painting at our local Senior Center and Love my students,too. Oh, and I also love to sing!.