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A Thought for Today

God bless America and all the people everywhere who help to keep our country going and growing with their moral and vocal support.


Out of the Darkness

America is an idea. Born out of need, nurtured into something from nothing - but everything; the hands and headaches and hearts of God’s great handfuls needing freedom. Despite the years that pass or are passing, the country is still in its first days. Youth affords everything and the young see daylight first.

Parading the Colors

He or she who hasn’t stumbled in the public garrisons and been picked up by strangers or a friend still trembles on the edge of life awaiting entrance. What is right with America are those who go on righting our wrongs.

The City

The American city is the best idea “that works” to come along within our lifetimes. Our fathers and our fathers’ fathers put in place the wheel. Our mother’s zeal was inspiration for its turn. As sons and daughters of the pilgrims and the pioneers, it’s up to us to keep it greased.

Citizens Band

Honesty goes in and out of fashion with politics and policies the citizen is not aware of. But in the end, no few men change the country - it still belongs to us.

The Times of Man

Man has his seasons. His own times. And while nature makes the colors change, the moons, the tides - man is more accountable for change than he might know.

-from “The Power Bright & Shining,” 1980

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Learn from your yesterdays but leave them behind.

We are each other's wheel and axle well aligned.


Things do not change
became of accident or war.
Man is not altered,
at least not rearranged by man himself.
Man changes and is changed
              by something else.
He evolves like the dinosaur, but slower.
Evolution is usually preoccupied
and pays no attention to proceedings
when it comes to man.
And so the wind of change
is not always accompanied by
               the sands of time.
More often they are left behind
not even regulated to the history book.
Whatever you believe or see,
whatever horoscope you read or bible you consult -
God’s own ancient diary or the one
       you’ve written for yourself -
no stars, no sages, and no sayings change us.
We are altered by the alternatives we stumble on.

These certain accidents
planned, unplanned, or perpetuated
that come upon us like an early fog
do make a difference.
If that fog would last or was predictable
then any change could last or be controlled.
But men have brains too small
to chronicle or keep a change
from falling backward into all the rubbish
              that a brain contains.
Knowledge is akin to loving
the closer to reality you come
the deeper the mystery.

He who loves his country first
has time for children
and for walking,
talking in his sleep,
rolling down a hill,
and finding one
who supercedes all other loves.

Time will take the patriot
on an endless journey
and it will seem like overnight.
His list of pursuits can challenge
               an abacus
and still his mind will stay uncluttered.

If you would put yourself,
       your house in order
try thinking of your country first,
and you will learn that order
is the secret of selectivity.

Believe it. Try it, anyway.

-from “The Power Bright & Shining,” 1980

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Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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