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Over 50 original free verse poems, dating from the early 90s.
Evaluating the exact or changing meaning of the Constitution of the United States is not my intent in this work.
Celebrating the people who honor interpreting, enforcing, and modifying that meaning, within the Rule of Law, though, is very much my intent.
For those reasons, and another, Upholding the Constitution as a title, fit these categories of poems better than simply saying poems for "Legal" or "Firefighters" or "Law Enforcement."
My "other" reason is something very re-soundly put to myself and the others with me in boot camp in the Air Force in San Antonio way back in the 70s : That we, acting as the military, existed not to defend any one individual, but to defend the constitution.
Our group and the drill instructor discussed this with quite a bit of energy and the end result is most of us, including myself, left that session feeling especially good about our mission in the military.
Thus, I especially feel that applying this title to this collection of poems, celebrating the best of our public law, service, military, and enforcement positions, is a good way to also honor the people in those careers.