Thunderous terror shook 11th September.
Awoke America from her slumber.
Pain inflamed my every vein,
To see friends falling like rain.
This cruel act, this cowardly deed,
Fanaticism falsifies my creed.
Shoulder-to-shoulder friends we stand.
New York stretches to desert sand.
America weeps under the cypress tree:
Why do my fellow nations despise me
When I have fought against tyranny
To build a land of the brave and free?
I proclaimed all men are created equal,
Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness run in sequel.
In my land, Prosperity and Justice swell.
Self-evident truths only tyrants quell.
Founding fathers heard her anguished cry,
And from heaven sent this reply:
Good deeds should flower in our name.
How did Violence our case claim?
Today greed and vested interests run,
Few lives bask in our golden sun.
Wheels of wealth and pursuit of power,
Are churning in never-ending hour
For a few in ivory tower.
When autumn leaves fall to the ground,
They never provoke a single sound.
Not bombs but carpet of bluebell,
Will softly slay the hounds of Hell.
O Land of Hope and Glory,
Share your bounty and your story.
Let paupers mingle with the Earl,
This World is a single pearl.
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