" Back Then ----- When We Were Colonies"
from gloriana casey
Back then--- when we were colonies,
and Britain was quite cruel;
the laws they made and laws they changed;
lived not by Golden Rule.
Intolerable Acts, as they were known!
Coercive--- their solution.
Ironic too---- as we recall---
lead to revolution!
Two hundred thirty-seven years,
this birth from times forlorn.
Life, Liberty, and Happiness---
pursuit of truths inborn.
A Declaration! The People's will!
A meeting of the minds!
To tell the world and King George too,
that these were changing times!
Guerilla guys, yeah that was us;
shoot fast, then dip from view.
A war is won so earnestly;
"Live Free or Die," was true.
This Parchment grand! The nation's will!
John Marshall said it best.
"To endure for ages yon.." ---but still,
each year brought a new test!
What have you wrought? The crowds did ask.
Ben Franklin----crafty egret.
Of human nature he knew so well:
"A republic---- it's no secret."
But old Ben, he continued on,
clearly framed that secret.
He plainly spoke and truly said:
"A republic---if you can keep it."