Can anyone plase help Identify this poem? It has been read by an un-named person on a radio station Air America Radio "Randi Rhodes" but no one has any idea what it is called or who it is by. Its absolutly awe inspiring when listened to in the deep voice similar to James Earl Jones. You can see the words and hear it being read at this site:
I am not leaving!
Please hear what I said,
I am not leaving!
I’m staying where I’m at, thank-you very much.
And as long as I stand upon her soil,
She will be my land of the free.
As long as I believe what I believe,
You will see the meaning of brave!
I will not under threat of tyranny or mob,
Toss the place that I love in the ashen pile of lost causes,
And walk quietly into a meaningless mist!
No, I will stay, and you will listen.
You will not lecture me about values!
You will not receive the exclusive rights to my morality!
Please hear what I said.
For where ever I stand upon her soil,
I am the deep well of my beloved country’s finest values and highest morals:
Fairness, compassion, wisdom, strength, common sense, tolerance,
And you shall tremble before them,
For they are righteous!
So let the cheers for my demise die this night in a million throats!
Let the gloating turn to great and frightening doubt!
For I am not leaving!
My beloved country needs me now more than ever she has before.
And I pledge my allegiance to that which she still is,
And to that great and shining day that she has yet to live!
ST, I'm pretty sure that you are not the only one who has asked the question. Stay tuned to the show and she might discuss the source, meanwhile read all the posts at her message board, here:
I take it the speaker was not residing in Germany in 1939, but certainly could have been. My father used to always quote the old, 'my country, right or wrong, my country' bromide. I wasn't convinced. I would not have faulted anyone for leaving Stalin's Russia, either.
I heard it as "my country, right or wrong. My mother, drunk or sober"