This poem is based on the actual words
Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
But, Ben resolved, On this historic day,
Our efforts were worth my lost sleep, I must say.
Night had long fallen; it was '76;
There were tears and joy and prayer in a mix.
No tongue could describe, no word could convey,
The feelings those men had just felt on that day.
They declared independence and now they were free;
But there was a cost paid for liberty.
John Adams, the chairman, stood up and he said,
Men, this moment has doubled the worth of my head!
Those fifty-six signers, those fifty-six men,
For them life would never be normal again.
They were lawyers and merchants; some owned plantations;
They risked their own lives to begin a new nation.
Adams continued, Let us designate,
A day every year to commemorate
America's birth and to reflect on God's grace,
The sole thing that's brought us to this place.
Let's give thanks to God, have parades on the street,
Play games, eat food, and dance with our feet.
Let us increase and prosper, and still better yet,
Let us always remember and never forget.
~ Alyssa Marie Bentham ~