perhaps not the grandest of gestures
but indeed a more fitting reminder could not be presented
for through distance and time
there is no change in the heart
unless but of course it becomes more full
as thoughts turn to not what once was
but instead to what could be
when given the light to grow
and shelter from those who would deny
what was born in the shadow of independence
forever is at last granted the chance to mature to final bliss
and the veracity of life with its many turns
arrives without haste to deliver this message