Have you ever heard a familiar song and suddenly realized that there was a verse that should be there, but that it was missing? These two new verses for "America the Beautiful" are in response to just such a realization on my part.
I wrote the first of these two new verses when a friend pointed out that the original inhabitants of this land were NOT the pilgrims!
O beautiful for tribes whose lore
Embraced the buffalo,
Who met the pilgrims at the shore
And gave them corn to grow.
Great spirit ease the pain
Of those displaced,
Their past erased
From hogan, woods, and plain.
O beautiful for rainbow race
for multicolored skin
for outside differences of face
Americans within.America! America!
where every voice is heard.
We pledge to heed
each anxious need
with deed and work and word!