The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The Gettysburg Address


Someday, my friends, I will apologize for having filled my social media with scary news stories, abominations of the current world and calls to action, but today is not that day.

Begin News Cycle

Attack at Orlando Gay Club Kills About 20

Another shooting, another newscast
soft somber tones, furrowed serious brows
explaining the questions, looking at the camera.
Go to live. Begin news cycle. Begin:
Cue the dark street scene, many lights,
people running,hugging, wet faces, clutching for air
terrorist? insane? were there more?
the motive yet unknown. Twenty plus
one more only a few can care about now.
If only, we think, someone had known yesterday.
Why didn’t anyone do something yesterday?
Tonight official statements, things we can’t comprehend.
Tomorrow spontaneous flowers and memorials.
All week heart-felt tributes, funerals,
fading questions and a return to everything else
your regularly scheduled programming.

As I was writing this news broke that the number killed had risen to fifty and the name of the man responsible was released. The story is still developing.