A Poem - Love of Country

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My country, better right than wrong.

I love my country.  Yes I do.
Its flag of red, white, and blue,
It's flowing streams and mountains, too.
It's lively folks, things children do,
day in, day out and nighttime too.

Your country too, I'm sure you love
Its flag, its folks, its faith from above.
We both share the symbol:
the peace emblem, the white dove.
How is it some push us to war with a shove?

Somehow it is lost
in the heart-wrenching cost,
that what matters is people,
not flags flying high,
not symbols of gravestones.
It's people who die.

It's dreams defeated,
not schemes loudly bleated.
We both dream of the best that is in us.
They won't get that even if they win us.
Conquerors come. Conquerors go,
as surely as springtime follows the snow.

They don't leave us so much the better,
for all of their pomp, their stomp, and their fetters.
How long must we rise against one another?
If the choice were mine, you are my brother.
Your kids are my kids to protect, if alone.
Your bone my bone so we cast not a stone.

Great ones have taught us to love one another.
We revere them still, no whisper from them
that we are all meant to kill.
It seems so plain, but why can't we see
there's beauty for all, for you and for me.

Under both of our flags the laws still exist
which punish for murder, so can't we resist
the fomented angers, those loud calls "To arms!"
Its those who divide us who cause such harms.
Their weapons will rust, the blood disappear.
A new shout we make must sound on their ear:
The world's children, yours and mine,
should all grow to manhood, old age, and decline.
Not shattered and torn for angers unchecked.
Let our two flags stand first for respect.

If graves were the prize and glory the reward,
we have them already, no need for a sword.
Yet still we see it, north-south, east-west,
those struggles for prowess which still never rest.
The few kill the many by boast and cruel jest.
Forgetting too quickly with power in their hands
that music is for lullabys, not military bands.

We are but just two, you and I,
proud citizens of our countries, beneath the same sky.
My wish for you is the same as for me:
Let the world end its struggles,
that we all may be free.

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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

Very uplifting and spirit filled. Thank you for sharing. whonu


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

whonunuwho - More caring, less daring, it's more fun sharing, isn't it.


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bigj1969 2 years ago from glasgow

Truly patriotic and wonderful words.i feel the same about my country.great to see like minded people.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

bigj1969 - If folks around the world could spend all their time "like" minded, we just might be able to fashion a peaceful world. Thanks for commenting.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I truly wish that everyone thought as you do. We all share this one planet and place in time. It would seem that we should be able to learn to live in peace. Up and beautiful votes! Sharing this wonderful poem of yours.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful poem and a beautiful dream. Someday for sure. Up and sharing.


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

Beautiful poem that expresses your love for your country.

BTW, I couldn't help but zoom in on the photo because I noticed what looks like a playful orb over the head of the man in the far right of the picture. Very nice!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Peggy W - Written from my heart, responded to by yours. Thanks.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Jackie Lynnley - The question that remains is this: What must we go through first before we accomplish what now is only that dream?


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

colorfulone - I will have to take a closer look at that photo myself. It is beside the head of my son-in-law. Very observant of you. I appreciate your comment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Loved it because I love the USA Passing this on.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - Others rightfully love their own country. I suspect that is why we don't have a One World Government....and a dictator telling us all what to do. Thanks for commenting.

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