Conway, AR — A local physician with childhood roots in Arkansas, neurologist Mike Bass, M.D., has always been dedicated as an adult to that area of healthcare, but his engagement in writing began when he first learned to write – decades before medical school.

Now semi-retired, Mike recently re-located to Conway, joined Conway Writers Group (CWG), and shared his poems with members of the group and the public through the Log Cabin Democrat newspaper. He has authored poems, essays, songs, political and philosophical speeches for major events. His patriotic song, Americans, is an affirmation of what it means to be an American. It’s especially appropriate for presentation on the July 4th holiday.

Americans
A song by Mike Bass, Conway Writers Group

We sometimes sit around and brag
About the glory of the flag,
But PEOPLE earn the mighty tag,
"Americans!"

The shining seas and waving wheat
And purple mountains can't compete
With people you meet on the street -
Americans!

CHORUS:
Americans!
From America!
There's something in our charactah!
What's red and white and blue and proud and free?
Americans!  Like you and me.

We like to grouse and gripe and fuss.
There's nothing that we don't discuss,
Because the government is US!
Americans!

We've known what all our freedoms cost
Since we told old King George, "Get lost!"
Since then, nobody's ever bossed
Americans!

CHORUS:
Americans!
From America!
There's something in our charactah!
What's red and white and blue and proud and free?
Americans!  Like you and me.

For Navy Seals and Green Beret
And all our troops, we shout "Hooray!"
"Hooray!" again for everyday
Americans!

When any country's in a jam,
And no one seems to give a damn,
They dial eight hundred Uncle Sam
For Americans!

CHORUS:
Americans!
From America!
There's something in our charactah!
What's red and white and blue and proud and free?
Americans!  Like you and me.

All people love their native land,
But everywhere they understand
America has something grand -
Americans!

We've won some wars and soldiers died,
But still our greatest source of pride
Is just the hearts and souls inside
Americans!

CHORUS:
Americans!
From America!
There's something in our charactah!
What's red and white and blue and proud and free?
Americans!  Like you and me.

About CWG

Group members include newbies, semi-pro, and seasoned writers. Some works have been published in local, regional, and national magazines. Most works are created for personal satisfaction or a think piece about an idea that is currently top-of-mind for an author. CWG members bring their current or previous work to weekly meetings and share it with others. Meetings are open to the public and persons of all ages are welcome.