beautiful land!
you are the only
beautiful land for me
this is where i live

our bright history
our human roots
our sense of pride
for our sense of pride
it is for you i make
some sacrifice

when things get
somehow difficult
you continue on

we believe in these values here

you are where i live
so for you, i love you more
i will die
for the perspective of life
that you
have thrust upon me!

the only one
i’ve ever known



Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.


  1. nice! honest….! more than true for present-day India :)… but perhaps, as you rightly say, it is what’s best for me.

  2. Hi Brice,

    I wish I could be so enthusiastic as you seem to be๐Ÿ˜
    Having left for political, social (and recently economic) reasons two “homelands” already, I have arrived at a rather stern, nevertheless true conclusion, that regardless of sentimental allegiances, “homeland” is where I can put a decent bread on my family’s table…
    From where I came (Eastern Europe) governments have successfully reduced people to a dumb mass of empoverished taxpayers, living as parasites on their bent backs, giving them in return cheap commercial TV soaps and lots of nationalistic flags to wave whenever elections are due…
    As for “to die” for my country, hmm, I wish the ones being at the bottom cause of conflicts, those at the top of power, who usually serve their own corporate interests, would go to wars and fight and die, instead of sending others into oblivion…

    Life is too precious…

    Yours first.

    With all my friendly respect,


      1. Hi Brice,

        “Tongue in cheek”, ok my friend…
        I had a slight suspicion it might be the case, but one thing I have learned to treat with utter respect, anyone’s national pride. And even if your text looked “subtle”, I’d rather wrote my own personal perspective. It was the encouragement in the footer (about writing objectively and not as expected) which made me write nevertheless. It’ll take some time to know your “heart” but I love your thoughts and will gladly come back, a bit bolder after this๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜
        Take care mate!


      2. I’m a little confused about how you feel, Rom. It seemed at first you were offended because you’ve suffered oppression from your country and then it seemed you were offended I was attacking people’s patriotism. I never want to make up anyone’s mind. Nationalism has its good and it has its bad. I am an avid lover of Colorado and America, as anyone who reads my poems would know, but I am in the same breath bothered by blind nationalism. I want people to think for themselves and I want people simply to question things. It seems you’ve had quite a lot of experience in your life, and I appreciate that, but do not think for a second that I am bashing on you or your pride. You seem to be one of the good ones, even though my “heart” apparently warrants having quotes around it. Thanks for commenting and I hope you continue too.

  3. Dear Brice,

    Unfortunately, my English may cause quite a bit of confusion, because I use in my day-to-day life three different languages, each with its “inner” specifics and meanings, which may overlap sometimes, to my utter anguish…
    First of all, my friend, I wasn’t, and I’m not at all offended by anything you wrote, my initial comment being just a rather sad conclusion, comparing the joy and pride you feel for your homeland, with the oftentimes rootlessness we, Eastern European ex-pats feel.
    Also I haven’t for one moment felt you were “bashing” at my pride, or rather lack of it, it didn’t ever cross my mind.
    As for your heart with quote marks around, LOL, it was only because heart for me means much more than what is usually associated with, i.e. the centre of ones feelings etc. For me the “heart” is one’s true self, his character, this is why I’ve said it takes time to know it…
    What confused me a bit though, was your use of “tongue in cheek” of which I thought to mean actually quite the opposite of what you say… Nevertheless I felt a balance, some sort of bitter-sweetness of your thoughts, a patriotic lucidity of which I said I’ve learned to be respectful.
    I hope to have clarified myself, apologising from the bottom of my heart for any confusion I may have caused, reassuring you of my best intentions.

    Take care,


    1. I’m sorry, Rom. You’ve always seemed so kind on here, so I thought that it all was probably just confusion. A problem with talking online is you do miss out on intent some times, but I hope we’re okay, and hope you’ll continue to leave your comments, which are always much appreciated.

      1. Yes, my friend, we are very much OK, thank you for your heart of understanding
        I’m still learning, and this was a very good lesson about the clarity of thoughts and their intentions. I am very new to the world of blogging, and these lessons are priceless for me.
        Thanks for being a good teacher:-)

        With respect from your fellow teacher (as I am indeed a teacher as well:-)

  4. Your writing style is great. I’m not a fan of the concept of nationalism, but your sentiment I understand. Loved the exchange between yourself and Rom (above). Etiquette and eloquence, converged and emerged. Dealing with difference is a difficult thing. But being true to one’s ideals, visions, truths and talking about them earnestly is key. Don’t be afraid to state the Who of You, I guess. Difference does not necessarily mean discord. Moncultural? No. Multicultural? No. Intercultural? Yes. The former is a one-way drone; the second is talking with your headphones on; the latter is willing to share the music.

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