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Published: June 25, 2009

We are the dream that other people dream.
The land where other people land …
Where we fools dumbly thrive ourselves.

“America” is more than a nation — it’s an idea shared by many people around the world. The thought of living free each day is so strong that thousands make the journey to our shores. We sometimes forget this, being so caught up in our daily lives and frustrations that we grow numb to the American miracle.

Ray Bradbury, in our July/August 2009 issue, wrote a poem reminding us how wonderful the country is and how, despite what we may think about America, “We are the dream that other people dream.”

What are your thoughts on this poem and the American idea? Please leave your comments below.

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  • Margaret Bell

    Bradbury describes the American spirit perfectly. We dream, we drift, we innovate. We sometimes fail to appreciate the special beauty of the land now scarred by the slings and arrows of outrageous politicians.

  • Danielle B

    As one of those who dreamed of becoming a part of this nation, and then became part of this dream called America, I only wish every American would read and truly understand and believe the magnificent truth of this poem. Yes, America is an extraordinary nation and an exceptional country, and every American should be proud of it every single day.

  • Candace Allaman

    I’m glad that Mr. Bradbury is not so anti immigration as many people are in these times. I like this different point of view.

  • newbie

    This in my 1st issue of SEP….I wish this poem could be broadcast around the world for everyone (especially those complainers) to see. Loved it.

  • karl anglin

    Actually….. concise and well-written!

  • Jesuit

    Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, and he turns a phrase nicely.
    But I am forced to say that, because we who were gifted with freedom have failed to properly tie down government with the chains of our Constitution, this nation is quickly becoming the nightmare America’s Forefathers dreaded.

  • karl anglin

    Erudite and ignominiously accurate
    in its own moving way!!

  • D. Oliverio

    So true and so moving. We should never take this wonderful freedom and country for granted.



  • Beverly Ottinger

    How True! Will we wake up too late. I pray not!!!!!!