On a wooden bridge in a New England clime

With  many shots fired that echo through time

Founded on equality, liberty, and inalienable rights

But ripped,torn and tested by sectional fights

Saved by a leader whose life was then lost

Then conquering a continent at an incredible cost

Waging and winning wars both hot and cold

Struggling for principles and purposes hallowed of old

We have been at this for 236 years

We’ve experienced triumphs and shed many tears

Now straddling the globe without a true peer

While some among us stoke suspicion and fear

At this moment of history let us recall

We are supposed to achieve liberty and justice for all

Although we began in an imperfect state

The challenge upon us was to be good and then great

Now we face once again a momentous choice

Look to the founding ideals and give them new voice

It is not about power or how much we are worth

It’s about saving the last, best hope of the earth

Let us arise and declare firmly “United we stand!”

Proclaiming equality and justice throughout the land

Let us reflect on the initiating theme

And fully traverse the bridge and realize the Dream!


© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. ” … and realize the Dream!” Larry, I love a strong, hopeful ending and you delivered! Now if our elected officials could only do the same!

    • LarryConley (Author)

      Thank you Melody.

      I agree most elected officials seem intent to rain on every parade and foment division and suspicion among us.



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