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I’m Sorry Freedom (poem)

Updated on August 24, 2012

Dedicated to StevetheBlogger who requested this sonnet

I’m sorry my dear heroes for our shame

For mothers’ empty tears that now go by

For curses braved so cowards sit and cry

For surely there is someone else to blame


I’m sorry that your glory became lie

That freedom was an easy thought to tame

That while you fought our leaders played a game

That all the hopes of yesterdays now cry


Like flocks of sheep to terror in we cave

To eyes and ears that watch us everyday


Arrested cause our clothes hint misbehave

Our children searched in streets they used to play


Those dreams of liberties whose cost were grave

Are freedoms we now lightly give away


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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      I saw this one pop in today again, and I read my comment from before, and I know I must have been shaking, as I could not even write after reading it the first time, obviously. So profound. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      What touched me was the reference to our military fighting for a freedom that is now given away. Very touching poem. Voted way up!

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      6 years ago from Orange, Texas

      We have truly dishonored our military and their families. While they fight for our freedoms, we're complacently sitting back and letting our government slowly take away our freedoms.

      Well done and voted up.

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      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Wow, this is a powerful hub. Thank you for writing it as only you can.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful sonnet that says so much about freedom. We are carelessly giving it away! How profound. The games the politicians play - that is more important than justice and freedom.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. So right that all the liberties are slowly being taken away. Great pic.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Martin, I read this and was positive i commented...somewhere? You know i adore this and concur wholeheartedly! What ARE we fighting for if no one appreciates it, and it counts for naught? We cherry pick wars based on black gold - which is more important than human life! Keep up the 'GOOD FIGHT' M...i'm right beside ya!

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      Beautiful thoughts and beatifully written. Kudos!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      A lovely sonnet and tribute to those who serve and reminder to cherish such freedom as exists.

      Where it lives most vibrantly or perishes most tragically is in individual hearts & minds.

      It can't be 'given' or bestowed, legislated or dictated, imparted or won by others. Individuals must reclaim their inner sense of freedom and LIVE it daily.

      Where it's defeated is in human hearts who accept that it's inaccessible and buy into being powerless. Soon, when that persists, it becomes inaccessible and people can become as powerless as they think they are. The only real battleground for true freedom is in people - in hearts and minds and FOR their hearts and minds.

      It's stolen there and that's where it must arise to live again.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      So beautiful and speaks the truth of what our soldiers may endure and feel. A well done tribute and so meaningful.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful and sad. Your sonnet speaks volumes of truth..

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      6 years ago

      Touching and powerful ! Voted up and more .

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      6 years ago

      Mhatter , Of the plight of the patriot , I have written , forumed , hubbed and sent letters to every editor from here to hell and I know only one thing , in the end it matters not to the patriot . The patriot is the proud man [or women ] he needs only his convictions , the praise is appreciated but not required! He already knows why he did it ! The naysayers matter not! Great tributes like this always deserve praise and you have done a great service ! +++

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      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      A powerful message! This must be shared!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, freedom does come with a price. Awesome and up.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Reading this poem gave me goosebumps and brought a tear to my eyes. The words and the image you used have a very powerful impack.

      So beautifully done. voting up and sharing.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I stand up and salute you for this poem, Bravo !!!

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Chris Mills 

      6 years ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      Like flocks of sheep to terror in we cave

      To eyes and ears that watch us everyday


      Arrested cause our clothes hint misbehave

      Our children searched in streets they used to play

      Powerful words Mhatter99

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well said, as a veteran I understand this and the dichotomy you speak of.

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      shruti sheshadri 

      6 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Really beautiful poetry, heartfelt and moving!

      voted up and shared :)

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for this powerful poem to say the least! My dad served in the Korean and Viet Nam wars, and suffered with PTSD back when they did not know aobut it, as he never had gotten help from the terrors of war that he saw. So, as a child, I was actually taken into the ware from hearing my father late in the night re-living what he can been through. I had written a poem about it, "A Soldier's Child." My husband also served in the Air Force. Freedom is not free. Awesome poetry here. I do not know how I missed this one, but thanks to CloudExplorere, I did not. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Tough to swallow all of this for sure, and for many folks who have experienced such a retched condition of facing the battle field, and that of war.

      Having to fight a senseless war is actually even worse for most people I do believe.

      Thanks bro for your emotionally felt poetry, and I am sharing this one in a special way with all those who chose to follow me, and with the rest of the online world. Thumbs up, and out!

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      6 years ago

      Wonderful poem. To all the brave military out in hostile countries, bless them all and bring them back safely when their time has done.

      Thank you for this tribute.


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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      A beautiful tribute to Freedom and those who have dedicated their lives for all it stands for, MHatter. Tweeted, posted to my paper, Chime, Voted up and more.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up and awesome. This one really makes you sit down and think. Deep poetry MHatter. Some just don't realize how fortunate and lucky we really are.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      MHatter...first of all thank you for writing a wonderful moving beautful poem to our troops and I love Lee Greenwood

      fifteen years ago my husband and I were in DC and we got in the middle of a march... I thought it was a parade of course. Lee Greenwood's song kept being played.. it was an awesome day...

      great hub

      I am sharing


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      Cynthia Taggart 

      6 years ago from New York, NY

      I second that (Diana's comment). Voted up.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Another round of applause, Mhatter99, well said.


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