Independence Day

For those of us in the U.S., it’s time to celebrate Independence Day. If that includes you, I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday! I am off enjoying some time with my extended family, but I wanted to share a poem with you today. The diversity of interests and talents that come together to form a society is something I find beautiful, thus this particular poem. As you’re enjoying parades, fireworks, time at the lake… whatever you like to do on a holiday weekend, take a moment to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy. We should never take them for granted or let them slip away.

Happy holiday!

I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

~Walt Whitman

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