The jewel

I know this as truth and I say this
with urgency for all who still hear:
that the sparkling gift of opinion and
the freedom to speak it unfettered
against those that would wish to hold it back,
or smash it relentlessly and cruelly down,
is the glorious jewel perched proudly
in the crown of this great democracy;
and it shines brightly to remind all that look upon
its beautiful faces with admiration, apathy or scorn
that what is most precious and all that is beyond price
in this place of freedom’s scope would be lost if
it shone too dimly or was taken rudely away.