Ode to the day
When I sit in a coffee shop
Not wearing a watch,
Having meaningful conversation
With a new friend
About our religions,
How they complement each other.
Talking about the beautiful sustainability
Of the environment,
The fair governing
of all countries,
And how all children have food, clean water, and good
Learning about first and third world classifications only in
Drinking coffee produced by a man whom we know
Has the same potential as we.
Might I make decisions today that allow me to believe
Tomorrow can be that day.
- Poetry by Ashley Boone,
published in EcoWatch Journal, April/May 2009
Perhaps this is the true meaning of Independence Day.
Happy Fourth of July!