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;
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 ...1
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