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Carl Stevens’ Journal: A Poem On Independence Day

By Carl Stevens, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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BOSTON (CBS) — On Independence Day, WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens shares his thoughts in a poem.

Listen to Carl Stevens’ Independence Day Poem

From the hills of Hollywood to the rocky coast of Maine;

From the meadows of Montpelier to wide Nebraska plains,

From the bright lights of Miami to the great Saint Louis arch;

From New Hampshire in December to New Orleans in March…

I celebrate this country, this land diverse and free,

Stamped with glorious mountains, encircled by the seas,

Peopled with a populace who grow through strength and sweat…

We courageously take chances; with our lives we place our bets.

We carve out opportunity: we see it and we take it…

With a chisel in our hands: our future’s what we make it.

The thing I think I like the most about this boundless nation

Is the fact that I’m restricted by just the limits of my imagination.

From Washington and Jefferson, Kerouac and Satchel Paige,

Walt Whitman to Bruce Springsteen: words and deeds upon a page,

Within a book that gets revised before each day is through:

Each day’s a different chapter. The ink’s red, white, and blue.

So as you write your story, with what you do or say,

Let it be a constant tribute to Independence Day.

And when other countries wonder how this came to be, and why…

I say: ‘cuz all of us were born on the Fourth of July.

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