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The Good Ol' US Of A

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The Good Ol' US Of A

I've traveled by plane and ship all about this celestial ball;
Visited many fascinating lands and intriguing ports of call.
I've done it all, seen it all and no matter whence I stray,
There ain't nothin' like livin' in the good ol' US of A!

I've marveled as the risin' sun tinted Mount Fuji in Japan;
Was awed by the rugged Khyber Pass in mystic Pakistan;
I've viewed magnificent sunsets from the shores of Naples Bay,
But these pale compared to the grandeur of the good ol' US of A!

I've seen the hopelessness of people under the heel of oppression;
Their struggles to exist, their lack of freedom of expression;
People ruled by despotic regimes in which they have no say;
Thank God for the freedoms we enjoy in the good ol' US of A!

Many are the patriots who placed national destiny above their own,
To ensure that our precious liberties would ne'er be overthrown.
They sleep awaiting Gabriel's clarion call 'neath hallowed clay;
Thanks to them, Old Glory yet waves o'er the good ol' US of A!

Thanks to our Founding Fathers who with unwavering resolution,
Framed that sacred beacon of hope, our precious Constitution!
Even with its many flaws, without reservation I can proudly say:
"I'm so privileged to be a citizen of the good ol' US of A!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Placed No. 7 in "Liberty & Freedom To Choose" Contest - July 2010


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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 10:34:00 AM

    Right, sarge! I've been overseas enough to appreciate what we have here. Hope everyone reads this. Vince Suzedail will love this one. Congrats on the selection. Love, daver

  1. Date: 10/10/2012 5:50:00 AM

    Congratulations on your outstanding featured poem this week Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/8/2012 7:46:00 PM

    My mosted favorite poem. This has made my heart swell. I like you love this country and in prayer thank God every day for the privilege to be born here.

  1. Date: 10/8/2012 5:01:00 PM

    Amazing tribute to the USA. I Love it. Thanks for sharing your lens on the world and how it compares to us. Congrats on being featured. Peace

  1. Date: 6/2/2011 6:50:00 AM

    While stopping by to read some of your amazing poetry I would like to thank you for your comments on my poetry. Your words are always appreciated Bob. May the sun always shine down upon you and fill your soul with inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 1:18:00 PM

    Nice use of rhyme and imagery to share your message with us. Congratulations on your win in Dane Ann's contest. Another honor for you to enjoy. Keep on writing! Karen

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 7:43:00 AM

    Bravo, Robert! It's too bad that more people do not have the ability to see how others struggle in this world for freedom. Congrats on your win in the contest. Dan C

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 6:42:00 AM

    What can I say Bob ..anothr amazing write and awesome win for the Master Rhyming King of poetry soup.. excellent piece my friend and sure needed now.. so apropos.. enjoy another victory dance on me.. with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii.. AlohA... till July 11th.. boo hoo..

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 4:18:00 AM

    Congratulations Robert on your win in Dane Ann's contest "Liberty and Freedom to Choose". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/10/2010 8:58:00 PM

    Wonderful poem...I agree with every word....thanks for your write...Marty