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I Count My Heartbeats
by L. G. Figgins

Saturday, July 01, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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"We've all come to look for America..."
~Simon & Garfunkel

Our lives are driven by the beat
a marching band to drum up fervor
Whether in politic or relegious fever
we follow the silver baton brass buttons
for who else will save us
So incapabable of thinking for ourselves
and know for a certainty
they have our best interests at heart
Well what they say must be true
if it's in black & white red white & blue

Divide & conquer is the strategy
So strike up the band follow the parade
there is strength in numbers they say
Why stand apart when it is easier
to be one of the crowd and disappear
into the throng and be carried along
on the shoulders of those who agree
There's no middle ground
'cause the popular choice is a safe bet
when you want to belong
so much easier singing the same song
so much easier going along

Hear those numbers click click click
and the wheels turning in our heads
have stopped for dread of being left out
Forge your own path through the fray
This country was built on individual strength
Pound your own drum to your own beat
Don't be swayed by a pied-piper's tune
who will only use your blood sweat tears
Put them to good purpose
make your way on the unbeaten path
I count my heartbeats one-by-one
plot a course through the din
I'll use my own will to climb that hill
thank you very much
No fanfare no bugels no cheering crowd
no base drums placards shouting out loud
No tv cameras giving me fame
no wannabe winners praising my name
No words to inflame with convaluted logic
and twisted rhetoric

Progress is not made by followers
but those with the guts and ingenuity
common sense and vision
to embody an entrepreneur's spirit
Arn't we the sons and daughters
of visionarys?
That is America in one heartbeat
So I count my heartbeats one-by-one
and with the power within
set to work with each new day's dawn
Here I drum when the day is done
Here I drum when the day is done


(c) Linda Gayton 2006


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Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 4/16/2009
I quite enjoyed the honest sincerity of work presented here L.G. Figgins.

Just wonderful,

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 11/8/2006
"...Progress is not made by followers
but those with the guts and ingenuity
common sense and vision
to embody an entrepreneur's spirit
Arn't we the sons and daughters
of visionarys?..."

Excellent lines.

Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 7/3/2006
I agree, Our strength, personal and united, Lies in our individuality. Each of us has our own unique ideas and visions, our own opinions and beliefs. We should never look to anyone to provide them for us. I can feel the strong message and your hope for change in this. Peace to you my friend. Pierre.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/2/2006
Sound and meaningful sentiments, Lin. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/2/2006
Such is a representative democracy that we elect someone to speak for us and rally round the money. There is little tolerance for those who listen to a different drummer, and solice knowing that the outcasts and idiots come up with the great ideas.


Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 7/2/2006
I truly believe in listening to the beat 'of your own drum'...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/2/2006
I love what you have said here Lin, you got the beat right! Visionary poem!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/2/2006
Very well done Linda!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 7/2/2006
Exceptional work that honors the true spirit of the purer American dream, Linda. And thank you for commenting on my article "The New Crime: Wearing Dreadlocks While Walking." I've discovered that it takes more courage to make the comments you made these days. Most people are too chicken to to do it. They want to be with the "in crowd," and in the name of fighting crime or terrorism will never admit an authority figure's attitude requires scrutiny. ;-) A comment always beats just a read. LOL
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 7/1/2006
Where is our pioneering spirit now? As we saw during the hurricanes last year, we have become so dependent upon others for everything in our lives, we don't even have a clue regarding our own survival. It is easier to follow than it is to lead and then we all complain about how we are unappreciated and underpaid. The American dream comes with the building of a better mousetrap, not with the selling of the existing ones. Excellent work, Linda.
Take care,
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/1/2006
well done
Reviewed by jude forese 7/1/2006
as diverse as it is America's heartbeat will endure ...

luv the verve and imagery of this poem ...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/1/2006
America will never again be with one heartbeat, wish I was wrong, but . . .
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 7/1/2006
The cadense of your verses here was the magic afforded the reader to keep the beat. This is mesmerizing and John Phillip Sousa is marching along in the spirit.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/1/2006
I have always marched to the beat of my own drum...
Thanks for the reinforcement...:)

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