All the fireworks exploding on high,
Celebrating the Fourth of July,
Symbolize how we fought
For that world-changing thought:
If we cannot live free, we shall die.
I attend every fireworks show
With the spirits of men you may know:
Adams, Madison, and Monroe.
With Bates, Berlin, and Key,
I salute this “land of the free,”
This “land that I love . . .
With the light from above,”
Stretched “from sea to shining sea.”
As a gift for every descendant
In a Pledge of Allegiance amendment,
Would it be permissible
To add “sovereign and independent”?