“Freedom”

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. The Guardian identified Snowden as a source for its reports on intelligence programs after he asked the newspaper to do so on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Guardian)
You will knead enough dough
for dozens of loaves
but will taste not a morsel
for you are free to slave for others
while your children stare in store front windows
hungry.
 
From the day you are born
they surround you with lies
enough to last a life time
of how you are free
to speak your mind 
exercise your conscience.
 
Your head bent
as if cut at the nape
you saunter about
in your great freedom
freedom to be sick 
freedom to be unemployed
freedom to be homeless. 
 
You proclaim
“One must Live!
Not as a tool
but as a human being!”
then at once they handcuff your wrists
 
How great your freedom
when you must speak
from a foreign land
for you fear the most
those who tell you
you are free.
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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to “Freedom”

  1. Aquileana says:

    Powerful. Particularly the second and fifth stanza. Great post dear Toritto Happy wekend ahead~ All the best to you!, Aquileana 😀

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