12.11.2014 Journal Prompt

Photo by Margaret Bourke-White
Photo by Margaret Bourke-White

December 11, 2014: The American way.

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3 thoughts on “12.11.2014 Journal Prompt

  1. David

    Journal Prompt 12-11-14

    American Hymn
    An adaptation of
    America The Beautiful,
    by Katharine Lee Bates 1913

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    Standing here, linin’ up, standing in the cold air
    For amber waves of grain,
    Waiting here, cold as hell, tryin’ to feed my family
    For purple mountain majesties
    Momma’s shouting, baby’s cryin’, knowin’ that it’s not fair
    Above the fruited plain!
    People stare, no one cares, cops are beatin’ round us
    America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
    Have to fight to get there, nothing but this cold air
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    No one wants to step up, nothin’ but the cold stares,
    From sea to shining sea!


    Outta choices, outta time, not sure how we’ll make it.

    O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
    Standin’ here, getting’ close, waiting on my aching feet
    Whose stern impassion’d stress

    Stressin’ out, stressin’ out, where this line’ll take me
    A thoroughfare for freedom beat

    Endless wasteland city streets, trash and dirt everywhere
    Across the wilderness!
    Free to wait here all I want, free to live as if I’m dead
    America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
    Did no wrong, hurt no one, not a way to climb out
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    Being good, follow rules, but it don’t seem to work out
    Thy liberty in law!
    Never helped me anymore, never got me outta here

    O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
    City’s been a home to us, a life for us, a place for us
    Who more than self their country loved,
    Never want to leave here, friends and neighbors all here
    And mercy more than life!
    So why so hard to make it work, get it goin’, stop the fear
    America! America! May God thy gold refine

    What’s so hard ‘bout food to eat, clothes to wear, safe for all
    Till all success be nobleness,

    Schools for kids, jobs for us, respect for all
    And ev’ry gain divine!
    Shouldn’t be so hard, be so hard, this land o’ the free

    O Beautiful for patriot dream

    Wish that we could all live the dream, live the dream
    That sees beyond the years
    
 Love each other, respect ‘n’ help each other
    Thine alabaster cities gleam,
    Not this life of standin’ in line, doing our time
    Undimmed by human tears!
    Not this life of dirt and tears, no where to go,
    America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
    Knowin’ we can all do better, helpin’ each other
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    Brothers ‘n’ sisters, friends ‘n’ neighbors, all one country
    From sea to shining sea!
    So one day soon there won’t be no lines, no more lines,
    One day soon we’ll all be one country, all one country

  2. David

    Journal Prompt 12-11-14

    American Hymn
    An adaptation of
    America The Beautiful,
    by Katharine Lee Bates 1913

    O beautiful for spacious skies,
    —-Standing here, linin’ up, standing in the cold air
    For amber waves of grain,
    —-Waiting here, cold as hell, tryin’ to feed my family
    For purple mountain majesties
    —-Momma’s shouting, baby’s cryin’, knowin’ that it’s not fair
    Above the fruited plain!
    —-People stare, no one cares, cops are beatin’ round us
    America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
    —-Have to fight to get there, nothing but this cold air
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    —-No one wants to step up, nothin’ but the cold stares,
    From sea to shining sea!


    —-Outta choices, outta time, not sure how we’ll make it.

    O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
    —-Standin’ here, getting’ close, waiting on my aching feet
    Whose stern impassion’d stress

    —-Stressin’ out, tressing’ out, where this line’ll take me
    A thoroughfare for freedom beat

    —-Endless wasteland city streets, trash and dirt lies everywhere
    Across the wilderness!
    —-Free to wait here all I want, free to live as if I’m dead
    America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
    —-Did no wrong, hurt no one, not a way to climb out
    Confirm thy soul in self-control,
    —-Being good, follow rules, but it don’t seem to work out
    Thy liberty in law!
    —-Never helped me anymore, never got me outta here

    O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
    —-City’s been a home to us, a life for us, a place for us
    Who more than self their country loved,
    —-Never want to leave here, friends and neighbors all here
    And mercy more than life!
    —-So why so hard to make it work, get it goin’, stop the fear
    America! America! May God thy gold refine

    —-What’s so hard ‘bout food to eat, clothes to wear, safe for all
    Till all success be nobleness,

    —-Schools for kids, jobs for us, respect for all
    And ev’ry gain divine!
    —-Shouldn’t be so hard, be so hard, this land o’ the free

    O Beautiful for patriot dream

    —-Wish that we could all live the dream, live the dream
    That sees beyond the years
    
—-Love each other, respect ‘n’ help each other
    Thine alabaster cities gleam,
    —-Not this life of standin’ in line, doing our time
    Undimmed by human tears!
    —-Not this life of dirt and tears, no where to go,
    America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
    —-Knowin’ we can all do better, elping’ each other
    And crown thy good with brotherhood
    —-Brothers ‘n’ sisters, friends ‘n’ neighbors, all one country
    From sea to shining sea!
    —-So one day soon there won’t be no lines, no more lines,
    —-One day soon we’ll all be one country, all one country

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