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"mr. president, you can't say dallas doesn't love you"

January 13, 2010
By ichitastic BRONZE, Shoreline, Washington
ichitastic BRONZE, Shoreline, Washington
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"mr. president, you can't say dallas doesn't love you"
for every man, woman and child in their red white and blue
does gather here today, for you, so subdue
those cheerless sighs, and hark to the crowds
that wave you onward, onward
into the sun that blinds your eyes.
listen not to the bullets penetrating the air
or the screams that fly from the open square
for this is your moment, president.
you will not have another.

The author's comments:
I was inspired to write this piece based on a news clip of John F. Kennedy's assassination in, Dallas Texas. In the clip, which is only a few seconds long, you see Kennedy waving at the crowds lining the streets. As I watched this, I could only imagine what mundane things were going through the presidents head in the moments before the shooting. Just what was he thinking about? Certainly not about the possibility of a sniper hiding out in a window.

I decided to take it a little bit into my own feelings. Im always such a self-doubter and usually am the one who rains on my own parade. So, this poem was like a message to myself, telling me to erase my self doubt, and live more in the moment. Basically, BE HAPPY.

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