It's the Pony Express and the World Wide Web.
Immenseskyscrapers and sprawling farms.
Majestic mountains and rollingplains.
America is New York accents and Southern drawls.
It is the St.Louis Arch and the Seattle Space Needle.
It's the Indy 500 and KentuckyDerby.
Fresh Maine lobster and Southern fried chicken.
America is aparade down Main Street on the Fourth of July.
Country carnivals and MardiGras.
Homeruns and touchdowns on freshly cut grass.
Proms and homecomingsand high school football games
America is Garth Brooks, Levi's jeans andcowboy boots.
Eminem fans' mohawks, tattoos and piercings.
It is "ILove Lucy" and the Metropolitan Opera.
"Gone With the Wind" and"Austin Powers."
America is churches, temples, mosques andshrines.
It is a Nativity scene beside a Menorah.
A Chinese restaurant nextto a taco stand.
It is tattered housing projects and penthouseapartments.
America is the Wright Brothers and Alan Shepard.
MartinLuther King, Jr. and George Washington.
Protesters marching in front of theWhite House gates.
Red, white and blue waving from carantennas.
America is six-year-olds saying the Pledge ofAllegiance.
G.I. Joes and Janes running to defend a country theylove.
Disagreement and coming together.
It is Lady Liberty raising hertorch high.
America is home.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.