Maverick Bailey, Gulf Elementary
When I look up inside and outside, what do I see?
Blue fireworks lighting the sky.
White-headed eagles soaring through the sky.
I also see red, white, and blue flags soaring above.
When I look behind me inside and outside, what do I see?
Independence from kings..
Armies protecting us from harm.
Slavery stopped by Abraham Lincoln.
When I look in front of me inside and outside, what do I see?
I see mores states to help us with independence.
I see the election of the president.
Nathaniel Bennett, Three Oaks Elementary
Flag O' Flag
Flag O’ Flag
Billowing in the breeze,\The noble and proud glory
Brings many to their knees.
Flag ‘O Flag
Marching loyal like a soldier.
A nation full of freedom and honor,
Carrying the country on its shoulders.
Flag O’ Flag
A nation full of truth and pride,
The happiest place you will live,
You’ll see the flags hanging outside.
Flag ‘O Flag
The original 13 stars and stripes.
That is our nation’s history,
With all its power and might.
Tanner Hollaway, Challenger Middle
The drop of the rain,
The call of a bird.
Other than that
The clouds above boom;
The people below bow their heads
There’s the occasional sob,
The occasional whisper
But other than that
Twenty-one shots ring out,
Friends and family silent,
Watery eyes on the fallen hero
Lying in silence.
Marielle Patrick, Ft. Myers High
Freedom Has Never Been Free
I am free to worship God and sing his praises, I am free to speak without fear of any inherent harm.
I am free to assemble and I can petition for change. I am free to protect myself and to bear arms.
I am free of the worry of unlawful search and seizure, and due process is always afforded to me.
I cannot be tried twice - that is double jeopardy, and I can only be tried by my peers in a jury.
I do not have to worry about punishment that is unusual or cruel
I walk around totally free and not subject to some despot's rule
They say that nothing in life is free, so I started to think about the price paid for me
It was bought at the expense of men and women who have sacrificed precious time with family.
It was bought with the innocence of youth forever taken from many a young teen
Who cannot sleep and remains haunted nightly by the atrocities they've seen
It was bought with the hearing and the sight of those now deaf and blind from flying metal
It was bought with soldiers' tissue, tendon, bone, and limbs so damaged they wound up dying.
It was bought with spines so damaged that walking and running can happen no more
It was bought with the lives of fathers and mothers, labeled as casualties of war
There are those who question sacrifice and won't support those who are in the fight
Not caring it is because of them that they sleep unmolested at night.
So as I sit here living and breathing free to muse about
Whatever my mind may choose to stumble upon
Or just to be fifteen year old me.
I know the freedom I enjoy has never been free
It has been paid for with the precious blood of patriotis
scattered from sea to shining sea.
Grace Speas, Ft. Myers High
The Evergreen Spirit
You were born with an evergreen spirit
Tenacity unable to be scorched.
You fought for the noblest of causes
Your bark they intended to torch.
Surrounding horrors of enemy fire
Were dimmed by a blazing spirit within.
With humility at your roots and dirt on your boots
You brushed evil from rugged skin.
They marked you finished and declared your battle lost.
They even decided your fate.
But one little detail went overlooked:
State of war with red, white, and blue, a very dangerous state.
Now, missiles fade and barracks seem empty,
You triumphed over unspeakable grief.
Know that your service has come full circle -
An eternal evergreen wreath.
So it is true that the fire inside
Burns patriotic shades and also a green color
Because the American spirit, like that majestic tree,
Bows to God but never another.