Subject: Panel of Five
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Fri Jan 29, 1999 at 1:47PM

On a day in early June of seventeen seventy six

A momentous task was begun by five men picked
To write a formal declaration stating total freedom
And this came to be known as the greatest ever done

Even though it was penned by the hand of Jefferson
It was co-written by four other men who provided some
Great contributions to the overall scope of the paper ...
Giving their all to the statement to come a month later

These included John Adams and Benjamin Franklin ...
Perhaps the two most reknown men, and we thank them
But two others also assisted who are not so well-known
... Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman - whose home

... Is right up the road from the house in which I now sit
Proudly writing my work, and so very glad I am, of it ...
For, in a way ... I am rooted here as solidly as was Roger
Looking back in awe at the history of this area, so proper

For without the work of these five men all those years ago
So many of us would never ever have had the chance to show
Our very own talents and expertise ... living in a free country ...
... Something every person on earth should have the right to, and be

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
1:25pm Friday, Jan. 29th, 1999