Subject: A House Divided Against Itself ...
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Thurs June 17, 1999 at 1:52PM

A House Divided Against Itself ...


In a speech delivered today in eighteen fifty-eight
Soon-to-be President Lincoln made clear his state
Saying - A house divided against itself cannot stand
Which is something all of us need to take to hand

For we all share common goals to live in peace and harmony
And to be comfortable with everyone and to feel quite free
To say who we are, and where it is we want to go ...
As long as it does not infringe on another's rights to show

... The very same posture, and the same rights to place
Their very own way to share who they are with grace
And this is something each and every one of us can do
Politely, courteously, and without inflicting pain, too

And if we all had seen this so clearly and without hate
There would never have been any war between the states
It happened in a time when equality was envisioned but not enacted
Now we live in a time where quality of life is the goal most protracted

But we must remind ourselves that a house must not be divided
For all of the different elements are needed and provided
... To create a common bond to keep the house standing
For once you pull away part of it, you will have no landing ...

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
written 8:45am Thurs. 6/17/99
for the date - June 16th, 1999