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It's not often you get a poem read to you at the polls on election day.

November 8, 2016

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You don’t often get an original poem read to you at the polls on election day. But it was quiet at the former one room school house in Morken Township, Minn., where we voted at noon..

“Want to hear a story?” asked Loren Ingebretsen, the chief clerk, retired farmer and our township’s poet laureate. Whatever the occasion he could put together some lines that rhymed and tugged at your emotions.

He reached behind him, picked up a sheaf of papers with the American flag on the letterhead and read:

They simply did not like each other
But grew to respect each other’s view,
Tom and John: Did not have to get along
To shoulder a task and to see it through.

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Sometimes the argument grew loud and heated
As they went on till their throats were sore,
But make no mistake, these two were Americans,
Serving a flag, to which their allegiance, they swore.

When John Adams on July 4, 1826 lay, dying,
He said: “America is firm, because Tom Jefferson survives,”
Not knowing that five hours earlier
Jefferson had quietly closed his eyes.

Theirs was a lesson to all of us.
Argue your case, but consider the toll,
Keep your eye on the flag and rally together
Because in that spirit, we can achieve the goal.

Remember: it is We: The People!
And our strength comes from our roots of grass.
One nation united and under God
Is the torch that we too, must pass!

Adams and Jefferson saw the heart of America,
And knew that we had to be responsible for the things that we do
For we were formed as a nation, of and by the people,
The people being folks: Like me, and you.

Thanks for being American citizens,
Willing to do your part,
Grassroots intertwined, we will survive,
Freedom living strong in America’s heart.

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Thanks for being American citizens,
Willing to do your part,
Grassroots intertwined, we will survive,
Freedom living strong in America’s heart.

Thanks, Loren, you made my day.

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