by John Mitchum
~ WHY I LOVE HER ~
You ask me why I love her? Well, give me time and I’ll explain.
Have you seen a Kansas sunset or a Arizona rain?
Have you drifted on a bayou down Louisiana way?
Have you watched the cold fog drifting over San Francisco Bay?
Have you heard a bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines,
or heard the bellow of a diesel at the Appalachia mines?
Does the call of the Niagara thrill you when you hear her waters roar?
Do you look with awe and wonder at the Massachusetts shore... Where men,
who braved a hard new world, first stepped on Plymouth’s rock? And do you
think of them when you stroll along a New York dock?
Have you seen a snowflake drifting in the Rockies... way up high?
Have you seen the sun come blazing down from a bright Nevada sky?
Do you hail to the Columbia as she rushes to the sea... or bow your head at
Gettysburg... at our struggle to be free?
Have you ever seen the mighty Tetons?... Have you watched an eagle soar?
Have you seen the Mississippi roll along Missouri’s shore?
Have you felt the chill at Michigan, when on a winter’s day, her waters rage along
the shore in thunderous display?
Does the word “Aloha”... make you warm? Do you stare in disbelief, when you
see the surf come roaring in at Waimea Reef?
From Alaska’s cold to the Everglades... from the Rio Grande to Maine...
My heart cries out... my pulse runs fast at the might of her domain.
You ask me why I love her?... I’ve a million reasons why.
My beautiful America... beneath God’s wide, wide sky...
By John Mitchum
-- Blessed to live in...
“THE LAND OF THE FREE... BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE”
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