“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
―Langston Hughes, “Dreams,” Golden Slippers:
An Anthology of Negro Poetry for Young Readers (1941)
Happy Independence Day (2016) To My American Friends.
|Bald Eagles: What a beautiful poetic description Langston Hughes has given us. Hopes and dreams are the wings that give flight to the future—that make the possibility a probability and the probability a reality. Hopes and dreams make life more meaningful and richer. Hopes and dreams are the engines that power our imaginations with inspiration. Without these, life is poorer and sadder and, I would add, deadened. Is nothing less alive than a person who has given up hope, who has no dreams? The United States has been built on such hopes and dreams; such is a fundamental part of its history and its destiny as a great and welcoming nation. Happy Independence Day to my American friends as it celebrates its 240th birthday. It was on July 4th, 1776, when the U.S. signed its intent to secede from Great Britain and form its own nation with the Declartion of Independence, one of the three—the other two being the Constitution and the Bill of Rights—founding and seminal documents of the new nation. |
As for the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), it is America’s national symbol, its national bird, an animal of power and majesty, which carries with it images of authority and statehood.
Photo Credit: Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative
Source: National Geographic