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Poem - The Abridged Constitution

Updated on June 16, 2015

We The People
Sailed the same course
Some willingly
Some by force
We The People
A document to inform
A more perfect Union
No matter the storm
No more kings
No more oppression
No more taxation
Without representation
Checks and balances
And the rule of law
Mitigating injustices
Safe harbor for all
The secular trinty
President, Congress, Court
Not one above the other
Veto, fiat, tort
Our common interest
Our common defense
Our common liberty
Our common justice
The domestic tranquility
And the general welfare
The pursuit of happiness
And the resources we share
Civil rights
And our protection
From a despotic government
Or an insurrection
Free to worship my God
Or your God
Freedom to find God
Or deny any God
Open discourse
Speaking your mind
You have an opinion
However unkind
Collective grievances
Peaceably petitioned
We walk together
But never threatened
To bear arms
For our security
Or being forced
To quarter unwillfully
To remain secure
In our sanctuary
Unless presented
With writ of entry
Neither held
Absent habeas corpus
Or loss of property
Unless agreed by us
Never forced to testify
To contradict our denials
Or brought forward
In duplicitous trials
To face our accuser
In much haste
Represented by counsel
Our peers decide our fate
Not one but twelve
Examining the facts
We are brought forward
But only this court acts
Reasonable recompense
For fine or bail
Cruel or unusual retribution
Shall not avail
The enumeration
Provides illumination
But within the penumbra
Shadows suggest freedom
What is self-evident
Requires no list or count
Nothing to encumber
Or restriction to surmount
A union has formed
But sacred remains the individual
The tyranny of the majority
Is never permissible
A living breathing document?
Or construction unbending?
But as we amend
Change is never ending
Open to interpretation
If you see a right
Others may disagree
Who can see the light?
The spirit of intent
For all to see
Freedom to choose
Secured by liberty
We The People
A sacred quest
We The People
No more no less

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @weestro - Thank you! I'm not sure what prompted it but sometimes things just pop into my head and I take a crack at it... I wanted to try and cover most of it including the Bill of Rights (at least the first 10 amendments). I know there are other amendments but it was getting lengthy...

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Wow, this was amazing, great work!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @chspublish - I tried to cover as much as I could so I could capture the essence without someone having to read the actual document.... thanks...

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      A wordy tribute well-fashioned to stand the test of time.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @TahoeDoc - thank you for reading and I'm glad it makes sense...

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      TahoeDoc 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

      I really enjoyed this. Great job!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @always - thank you again for commenting. I just thought maybe a quick poem might get someone to read the darn thing. I hope I didn't leave any critical components out...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You captured the essence my friend. Makes me want to stand and pledge to uphold our comstitution. Thank you.

      Brilliant!!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Will - thank you. Something hit me and I decided to take a stab at the document.

      @Sam - thank you for commenting. Hopefully as you say the format will help people read and try to understand. My challenge was to capture the essence. I hope I did.

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      sam3m 6 years ago from New York

      beautifully done. because of the format, the reader may be coaxed to examine the meanings of the words more fully.

      thanks

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well done!

      A document consisting of reliable words we can all count on, with a provision to modify if we the people so choose and are willing to put in the necessary effort required to amend.