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Declaration of Independence
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I read it aloud to our teen group at church (I volunteered). As I was reading it, I was struck by the fact that much of it parses as free verse. It is remarkably rhythmic (is there such a word?) and euphonious (now there is a word!) with only occasional passages out of tune, as if someone else had edited a poem.

The group listened and responded as I stopped every so often to ask what they thought it meant and could they re-phrase what they heard into modern English. These kids are sharp; they saw parallels to our current political situation and quickly perceived how radical a document it is and how people of intelligence and good will, few in number but many in purpose, can change the world.

When we were through, they asked me to read it over again without stopping, to hear it as a whole.

Maybe there's hope for the future.

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