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A Nation's Strength

Just a thought I wanted to leave you with before I head out for the evening.
A NATION'S STRENGTH Ralph Waldo Emerson What makes a nation's pillars high And it's foundations strong? What makes it mighty to defy The foes that round it throng? It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand Go down in battle shock; Its shafts are laid on sinking sand, Not on abiding rock. Is it the sword? Ask the red dust Of empires passed away; The blood has turned their stones to rust, Their glory to decay. And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown Has seemed to nations sweet; But God has struck its luster down In ashes at his feet. Not gold but only men can make A people great and strong; Men who for truth and honor's sake Stand fast and suffer long. Brave men who work while others sleep, Who dare while others fly... They build a nation's pillars deep And lift them to the sky.


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I wonder how many of today's vaunted poets would dare to voice love for their country the way Emerson did.

I think we know the answer to that Curt...

Thanks Michele. I am the last person you'd expect to appreciate a bit of poetry on a warblog. This one got to me. How appropriate. It speaks specifically about NY Fire Fighters and Police, who rushed in while others rushed out. It speaks about Pat Tillman and other soldiers who volunteered instead of cashing-in.

It has cadence and rhyme too.