So long ago and far away
I landed on these shores to stay
a girl young without a clue
in this land Red White and Blue.

They said it was a place of dreams
where fairy tales come true, it seems
the streets, was told, were paved with gold
where one stays young and trim and bold.

Times passed and years went by
once gullible and very shy
I had to grow just overnight
some days were dark
and some were bright.

Along the way I met so many
some were rich
some short a penny
some were friends
and some were foes
some were nice
some were let go.

On my travels as I roamed
I called each place I saw my home
I thanked my Lord, our God above
for making this the land I love.

So many places I have seen
some desert dry some lush and green
from North to South from East to West
I prayed this land be always blessed.

When future came
and past was gone
with hopes I filled each early dawn
but lush dreams of golden rush
had turned mush and slowly crushed
on the streets where once we blushed
now calls for freedom are being hushed.

I recall days far away
before the world had turned gray
when every day old glory flew
with pride and honor
Red, White and Blue.

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©Yakira Shimoni Fulks
October 9, 2021 | OC, California

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