In twilight of the eighteenth century
a moment of political insight
dawned on the world the possibility
people ruled by people possessed sunlight.

The bulwark Washington, with Adams heart,
Madisonís reason, Hamiltonís ire,
Jeffersonís genius and turn of phrase art,
Franklinís wise humor, the Marshall umpire,

and told and untold others, who all were
children of, then avowed advocates for,
Enlightenment, brazenly did auger
a governance unknown in years of yore.

Is it coincidence America
has become the planetís ruling mecca?