Blocked Imagination – Measuring – A Reflection

These little reflections Blocked Imagination and Measuring were authored by Akiane kramarik between the ages of 7-11 in her book titled My Dream Is Bigger Than I – Memories of Tomorrow – Part Six Page 234 – “You will need your own copy of this book to view the full text of this poem.  I limit quotes for the purpose of discussion and to follow copyright guidelines that allows for limited quotes.”

The featured image I choose for this reflection is of yours truly just after losing forty pounds and just before we returned to Ireland for two years…I will now quote from Akianes’ reflections…In Blocked Imagination Akiane writes…”On a wall”…I leave out the rest of this reflection and in Measuring Akiane writes “Measuring time”…I purposely leave out portions of these reflections to continuously build the mystery to encourage my readers and followers to purchase your own copy of Akiane’s amazing work and to follow copyright guidelines that allows for limited quotes for purposes of this review which I do in the form of this series of reflections…You know these days it is hard for imaginative minds full of imagination to blossom in a world torn by many wars of words…War torn by many abuses of the powers of speech…Bill O’Reilly does a great job of exposing the “cancel culture” in our midst…According to Bill O’Reilly many folks want to destroy the National Anthem…I say come on gimme a break already enough is enough…A study of the National Anthem requires an understanding that when the National Anthem was written the author would have had no way of knowing of the many “Foe’s from within”…Further to this we must not forget that the terrible slave trade was abolished in America without changing the National Anthem…Also when I study the lyrics to our National Anthem it seems to me a woman from Ireland that the author expresses great sorrow…I include the lyrics that I found online that I choose to sing on you tube which I will share at the end of this reflection…In my rendition I start with the fifth stanza added by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. after the American Civil War which was a horribly bloody war…I include the lyrics here for ease of reference…When I sing the National Anthem I start with this fifth stanza which I include here…At the end of these lyrics I include a link for my source or frame of reference…Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote the fifth stanza out of indignation over the bloodshed by the American Civil War which was a terribly bloody war…It seems to me there is great sorrow behind these words “No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”…A historical perspective is needed here because there is no way in hell that many Americans could stop these “foes from within”…America is full of “foes from within”…It is high time that the average American Citizen recognizes this travesty…Ireland where I am from has many “foes from within” as does every country in the world…As a thank you for reading this reflection kindly join me in a solemn moment of silence for all of our forces both armed and unarmed and for all of the fallen soldiers both born and unborn around the world…Then kindly listen to my humble rendition of Our National Anthem for I refuse to let go of the values of our ancestry whereby hitherto we shout from the rooftops as a collective soul…For all eternity…The Eternal Truth That America the USA the United States Of America once more shouts from the roof tops an adamant yes!!! – !!!!!!!!!!!!In God We Trust!!!!!!!!!!!!………..Namaste

…………Our National Anthem – I open with the fifth stanza………..

The Star Spangled Banner

Fifth Stanza by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

When our land is illumined with Liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strike a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that dares to defile
The flag of her stars and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained, who our birthright have gained,
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained!
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.

The Star Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave![50]

…………Our National Anthem – I open with the fifth stanza…………
…………The Cancel Culture – An excellent talk about this madness…………