Emerson Johnson is forty-three,

In the land of the brave

and the home of the free.

Slumping at ease in his Rambler coupe,

He is free on the road

with no family group.

Thousands of fins line the traffic sea

So his auto, immobile,

of motion is free.

Emerson Johnson is free of zest

Both his mind and his motor

can idle at rest.

Dreams of his youth now have lost their fire

And he sits like a buddha,

without a desire;

Sits in the jam of the highway groove,

As he waits in the heat

for the traffic to move.

Free men must mark Independence Day;

Mr. Johnson is free

in an absolute way:

Free of the cares of financial strain,

For his business is sold

and no worries remain;

Free since the day he divorced his wife,

He is loose from all ties

but the bondage of life;

Free from his tensions and morbid dread;

Psychotherapy failed

but they opened his head,

Snipped a key nerve in his noble brow

And so snapped his concern

with the here and the now.

Who in the heat of that summer sky

Is so free to relax

on the Fourth of July?

• Pastor Peterson’s latest poem probably deserves a footnote. He declares that flight from responsibility is flight from God. The only way out is the way into God. The glory of the Gospel is that when we come to terms with God’s righteousness in Christ we find the miracle of his satisfaction for sin and the freedom of new life with God and for God. Freedom, individual or national, is more than independence; and it is never independence from God.



I must compliment you on, and thank you for, the excellent article by Professor Zylstra and the cogent editorial “The Crisis in Education.” The May 12 issue was particularly relevant and important to me.

As a high school history teacher, I have coexisted with the Deweyites for ...

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