A Haiku - Freebies

Freedom Isn't Free


Freebies? Some are, yes.

That's why they are still offered.

What is a "Freebie"?


Come-ons to buy some?

Only a marketing ploy?

Free cigarettes were.


Free, but those cost lives.

Costco houses their hand-outs.

"Taste and buy, won't you?"


Go online and find them.

What did your time cost to look?

Did you walk or drive?


"Buy one, get one free."

How free is fifty percent?

"Free Sample Not For Sale."


Stamped there on the book

They sent you for your review,

Did you review it?


"18 and free now!"

The fledglings return to roost.

Only love is free.


Ask today's soldiers.

We know Freedom isn't free.

"Free" democracy?


It might, just might work.

After all, it's addictive;

takes a lot of love.


© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.




Can we be free, if someone else is not?

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whonunuwho 18 months ago from United States

Freebies are not so free...great message my friend. whonu


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kbdressman 18 months ago from Harlem, New York

My Great-Uncle died on D-day. His purple heart made it back to the states before his body did. When my Grandpa died, we found letters from this uncle that my grandparents had saved for all these years. I felt like I got to see a glimpse of who my uncle was through these letters. He sounded like someone I would have liked. I never met him in this life. I wasn't a family member who would never see their loved one again. But, I am a loved one who lost the opportunity of meeting him in this life. While my ignorance of the loss that was caused by never meeting him numbs my awareness of the depth of this loss, it doesn't cancel it out. Freedom definitely isn't free, and it's a whole lot more expensive than we typically remember. Great post!


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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

kbdressman - Congratulations on your marriage and honeymoon trips. Now it's time to update your profile, too.

America (Russians,Chinese, and others too) has paid a great price for our freedom and the freedom of others, including the relative you mentioned, our prisoners in every war we have fought, those with life-changing wounds, etc.

Where will you be going to medical school?


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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

whonunuwho - Thanks for your middle of the week stopping by. Freebies with strings attached, pretty common...."You have a chance to win one of these prizes up to $20,000. Scratch and enter." I won $5 and almost bought a lemon!

How many folks mailed in entries for Publisher's Clearing House with a first class forever stamsp in hopes of something for free? That kind of crowdfunding would be better spent on reducing the national debt. Time for a national lottery for that purpose? Debt isn't free either.


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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

whonunuwho - Thanks for your middle of the week stopping by. Freebies with strings attached, pretty common...."You have a chance to win one of these prizes up to $20,000. Scratch and enter." I won $5 and almost bought a lemon!

How many folks mailed in entries for Publisher's Clearing House with a first class forever stamsp in hopes of something for free? That kind of crowdfunding would be better spent on reducing the national debt. Time for a national lottery for that purpose? Debt isn't free either.


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Ericdierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We just got an offer of a free tire rotation in a mailing. My wife was adamant that I go take advantage. Just had them rotated two weeks ago. Those darn things work. What do we care if we do not need what is offered. Great hub.


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Free can mean so much, and there are strings attached so many times. Great points.


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Does that mean the tires got rotated back to where they originally were and in need of rotation?


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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Please note: "great message," "great hub," "great post," amd "great points" but this is not rated even by you my dear birdophile! And that is even though rating a hub is a ....you guessed it, freebie!

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