Birth of Freedom

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Birth of Freedom

I wrote this after a visit to Boston and Lexington Green. It was so moving to walk on the Green and hear the story of how these brave men had the courage to fight for and found our country and how our freedom was born.

April 19, 1775

Mad King George said take their guns and confiscate their powder
We must stop these scallywags, their drumbeat’s growing louder

At Lexington Green in predawn light as the church bells tolled
Minutemen stood for battle, patriots brave and bold

Through morning fog the redcoats came, then began the confrontation
What happened on that April morn launched the birth of our great nation

Then down the road at Concord as the breath of freedom swirled
Began the War of Independence with the shot heard round the world

With triumph over tyranny they framed the Constitution
And vowed the freedoms for all citizens with fearless resolution

The Signers pledged their fortunes, their lives and sacred honor
On the protection of Divine Providence they would pray to garner

They signed the Declaration and declared their independence
Forging a brand new nation for all of their descendants

“What a glorious morning for America”, Sam Adams was heard to say
I wonder what he would think if he were here today

With In God We Trust our motto, so may it always be
May the country our forefather died for, remain forever free

Sue Ikerd
March 4 2013

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OUR FLAG

OUR FLAG

Beginning with Washington, through history and time
A symbol of freedom in story and rhyme
It was watched through the night by Francis Scott Key
As he penned the words, “Oh say can you see”
Through our country’s wars it continued to fly
On Iwo Jima brave men hoisted it high
Raised on nine eleven midst the rubble and dust
Showing the world that “In God We Trust”
Patriots and presidents, it’s covered their coffin
Over many brave soldiers’ it’s been draped too often
Tri-fold  presented to mothers and wives
In tribute to heroes who gave their lives
It’s been walked and spat on, reviled and spurned
Desecrated and hated, rejected and burned
Those who denounce it don’t realize
Their freedom was given by others who died
To preserve Old Glory they took a stand
So this flag still flies freely all over our land
Each color has meaning, each stripe and each star
And it’s colors grew bolder through terror and war
It’s flown over our country down through the years
It’s fabric was woven with blood, bravery and tears

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Sue Ikerd
April 21, 2015

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Freedom Isn’t Free

FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

I lost my life at Valley Forge my hand froze to my gun

I was but still a lad my life had just begun

Because we chose to bravely fight and die for liberty

Our great nation did emerge

Freedom isn’t free

It was spring at Chancelorsville I fought in a field stained red

We rallied against the foe while around us lay the dead

I lost my life that fateful day in 1863

To right the wrong and unite our land

Freedom isn’t free

Poppies grow in Flanders Field, their numbers rival the dead

Each bloom denotes a life cut short this field is now their bed

Men fought in this foreign land from homes across the sea

They gave their lives for their beliefs

Freedom isn’t free

The sun shines on fields at Normandy with crosses overgrown

Gleaming white among the rows stands mine with the word “UNKNOWN”

My name is lost my face forgot I died for lives yet to be

That you might live in this great land

Freedom isn’t free

They fought in trenches cold and damp in deserts hot and dry

In jungles dense they thought of home, as they were about to die

Our flag still waves above our land because of men like these

We can’t forget their sacrifice

Freedom isn’t free

Evil men have rose to power down through the many years

They ruled the land and oppressed man with torture, hate and fear

When a tyrant is defeated and their power ceased to be

It’s because of those who answered the call

Freedom isn’t free

For generations they’ve stepped forth, left home and family

Some served on land, some in air and some served on the sea

They pledged to preserve, protect and defend our sacred liberty

So evil would fail and right prevail

Freedom isn’t free

Thousands fought through the years so our country could survive

To secure the blessings of liberty for those who are now alive

You may march and protest you have the right to disagree

But remember the blood that bought this right

Freedom isn’t free

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Sue Ikerd 2003

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Biscuits

biscuits

BISCUITS
In a little country church an old farmer stood to pray
The young preacher listened quietly to the words he had to say
He said, “Lord I hate buttermilk, it tastes so strange and sour
And Lord I don’t like lard and I don’t much care for flour
But when you dump them in a bowl and mix them all together
Bake them in an oven hot, it couldn’t get much better
I love biscuits Lord, with gravy, jam or honey
There’s nothing any better, Lord, they make my day more sunny
It’s kinda like when life gets hard and we don’t know what you’re makin’
We question things that don’t seem right and ask if you’re mistaken
But all things work together for good to those that love the Lord
So help us to believe in you, abiding by your Word
I pray I live my life God, that I might be a witness
And all would know and love you, Lord as much as I love you and biscuits
Amen

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work
together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
I received the inspiration for this story from one I read on the internet entitled “I Hate Buttermilk”.
Sue Ikerd
March 1, 2016

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Key to Heaven

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Happy Easter!
Key to Heaven

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