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The Beautiful


All people from

Many places~ always there,

Everywhere.

Reaching out and caring from with

In~ for the wounded and lonely.

Compassion, Integrity, and Love~

Always.

I wrote this poem after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Like many, the grief our nation experienced grasped my heart. Thousands of people were willing to offer their life, to aid in the safety and well-being of others. Humanity knew no boundaries, no prejudices. Americans joined hearts and hands and become one with whoever was beside you. Candles were lit, flags were flown, tears were shed, lives were lost, and many, many people from every creed, color, and nation were saved from the hands of terrorism.

Nearly two weeks ago, we as a nation witnessed tragedy occur in a neighboring country, Haiti. Port-au-Prince was ravaged by one of natures’ harshest elements, earthquakes. Immediately, America joined forces with the rest of the world, offering assistance, aid, food, water, medicine, and shelter. America has exceeded her giving, care, and support in so many countless ways.

Even though I see the beauty of the kindness we are extending toward Haiti, there are those that don’t agree that we should be “saving the world.” I, personally, would rather help someone and extend a hand, than to turn my back on the injured, hungry, and homeless. I heard a saying somewhere this past week, and I hope that I have remembered it correctly; “There is really no difference between the optimist and the pessimist. The glass is half full or half empty. But the optimist will get something done.”

America, I love you. I pledge my allegiance to you. I am so proud of what you represent to the world. America, you are beautiful.

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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