It’s a new year in the Free World
Majestic clouds roll by
with a cool breeze off the water
I sit and ponder why

A world that looks so peaceful
could end up such a mess
we blink for just a moment
Enough I can not stress

Just what I think we’re headed for
Might never been the same
It’s much too late to worry now
Of fault and who’s to blame

It’s time for us to take a stand
Indeed we must make haste
For the price we paid for freedom
Is far too great to waste

Instead let’s look for answers
And leaders who are just
To help redeem our principles
Restore our nation, our trust

For all this pointing fingers
The lies, deceit and hate
And choosing to ignore the task
Could easily seal our fate

It’s time to bring together
Once great is now forlorn
With pride, hope and love
In the image she was born

So on this of all New Years
I beg you, please reflect
And choose your part, no goal too small
return our dignity and respect

I don’t believe we’ve lost her yet
We must stop keeping score
Instead seek wisdom from our past
To learn there’s so much more

Bless all those who gave us strength
From generations past
To know their dreams were not in vain
And truly meant to last

By Katie Anne Bergagnini

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