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



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 cuff your wrists


How great your freedom

when you must speak

but not too loudly

for you fear the most

those who tell you

you are free.



and now from the “Voice of America”


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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3 Responses to “Freedom”

  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice indeed, Frank. From the heart mate.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Excellent, Frank. I love the pun in the opening verse.
    ‘Freedom’ is the most misunderstood word in our public arsenal.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. wfdec says:

    I don’t like the ones who take their freedom to become manipulators and dictators.

    Liked by 2 people

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