Rielle McConelly


The Gettysburg Address: As a poem!


eighty-seven years ago
America was made
To be a nation of freedom,
liberty,
equality
now in this war, we are shown
no nation with intentions so pure
can endure

in this field
we have dedicated a resting place
for the dead that had the hope
that America might endure

but in the bigger picture
we cannot truly dedicate
this ground
to the courageous soldiers
who died here
fighting for liberty, justice, freedom

for they have much more power than us
having fought bravely
they are the only ones
who can truly declare this ground blessed

the world won’t remember what I said here
but no one will ever forget
everyone who died here fighting

now we must dedicate ourselves
to the task before us
to make sure these dead won’t have died in vain
and this nation under God
will be rebirthed
to have freedom and liberty once more
by the government
by the people
for the dead will never truly die from our hearts

Submitted: Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Edited: Wednesday, October 05, 2011

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