I Am An American

I am an American.
That's the way most of us put it -- just matter-of-factly.
They are plain words, those four ...
You could write them on your thumbnail
Or you could sweep them clear across this bright autumn sky.

But remember, too, they are more than just words --
They are a way of life.

So whenever you speak them,
Speak them firmly;
Speak them proudly;
Speak them gratefully.

I am an American.