Liilia Talts Morrison

Gold Star - 4,968 Points (August 20,1937 / Estonia)

Pacific Freedom - Poem by Liilia Talts Morrison

Let's get into our boats today
The day is way past dawn
Let's paddle through the gloried Sound
And islands of San Juan

Let's look for gentle Orca whales
And playful harbor seals
Or spot a peregrine who swoops
To catch a salmon meal

We'll marvel at the placid bays
And gnarled madrona trees
Still gracing shorelines of this coast
Where eagles bald fly free

Let's get into our boats today
And celebrate the chance
To breathe clean air of liberty
In Salish Sea expanse

Let's heed the name Deception Pass
And row with firm, sure grip
Determined that no earthly foe
Will spoil our earthly trip

Let's vouch and seal our pact with God
Who formed the Cascades Range
That we will use our every power
To block oppressors change

So many forces high and low
Are ready to destroy
So we, with vigilance and skill
Let's wisdom, strength employ

Like eagles, symbol of our land
We can soar high above
To keep our country's boat afloat
With gratitude and love.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

My family spent the summer there & I was inspired by their adventures in the State of Washington.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 9, 2012

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