United

United by breaking waves

And surging blood

And the same paths paved

In the same sod

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United by tattered cloth

And winds that whip

And the same high cost

And the same ship

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United by hot blue steel

And cold gray clouds

And the same strange seal

And the same vow

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United by summer storms

And gusts that tear

And the fight that looms

With a harsh glare

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United by broken bones

And Covenants kept

And the same deep groans

And tears wept

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United by shameful wrongs

And a righteous fire

And the same lilting song

And the same lyre

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United by ancient crown

And a rebel streak

And the same battles won

By the same sweat

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United – why break cords?

Why sever the ties?

Why strike with the sword

And, silent, die?

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Unity – running fast

Like the sand on the shore

If it slips through your grasp

It is no more

By Avellina Balestri

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