To The Daily Sun,
"Live free or die" is said with voice and heart;
Rock walls and calloused hands marked the start.
Most Granite Staters will not homeland depart,
Nor with loved neighbors readily part.
Our forests green supplied Boston swell;
Beantown bought the lumber we felled to sell,
Enabling the landmarks that would later tell
The history all Americans know so well.
Our land we treasure beyond patriot's dream;
Our principles and values, we passionately mean.
Our neighbors offer shoulders on which to lean,
And we return feelings of unspoken team.
We love our glorious ski mountain views
And ample, peaceful, lakeside hues.
Our surroundings unite to bind us like glues
To our dear New Hampshire trails and venues.
Our winters are hard, with plentiful snow;
But springs are refreshing, while icy streams flow.
Our summers are splendid, when soft breezes blow;
But autumns are best, with colors that glow.
Our air is clean, our many lakes pure;
Our mountains and valleys provide the cure
For whatever ails one; short, tall, rich or poor;
Neither hikers nor bikers could want for more.
We love our kin and want all to be free;
Our lifestyle is pleasant; it is plain to see.
We work and play hard, with spirit and glee,
And respect one another; it thus should be.
New Hampshire is a heaven where many grow old,
And family histories are lovingly told
To youth who treasure their ancestors bold
And cherish traditions that bloodlines mold.
Whether canoe or sailboat or bob-house lures,
Many marvel at the beauty of our outdoors.
Snow shoes and sneakers reside on our floors
Beside hiking and ski boots, and a case of Coors.
Fishing poles and antlers hang on our walls;
Horses munch hay and neigh in our stalls.
Ducks guard their young while the loon's mate calls,
While bears and moose share secret waterfalls.
Pine needles weave thick rugs on the ground,
Where Fisher cats scamper and flowers abound.
A hunter stalks a deer with his loyal hound,
Where solitude and contentment together are found.
Our highways and byways many farms reveal;
Surrounding tiny villages with charm and appeal.
Quaint inns and rail-car diners offer a meal
At prices most visitors would find a steal.
Many come to New Hampshire for vacation play;
Several return for their duration to stay.
Mountains and lakes sound callings many obey;
You can settle here for myriad forms of pay.
Come and vacation in our playgrounds and lakes;
Golf on our hillsides; sleigh ride in our flakes;
Hike on our trails; water ski in our wakes;
Ski on our mountains until your breath takes.
Whatever you do, you'll do with a smile;
When hiking our trails, you'll want one more mile;
You'll strive for more fun than bodies allow.
You'll seldom find a time better than now.
You will cherish your time in our state;
Enjoy our proud people, engage and relate.
Our attractions and joys, you will find first rate;
Share New Hampshire Pride; make your life great!
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