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Land Of The Free (poem)

Updated on October 18, 2012

God Bless America

There once was a land of the free

The people there lived happily

And all had potentials to be

For all enjoyed freedom to see

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Then one day a dark enemy

Rained tears upon morning of glee

Was this real or a mad fantasy

And who would have to bear the fee

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Revenge and their security

Came chorus of everyone’s plea

To capture all of the guilty

Should be easy for the land of the free

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Their fears were sparked so constantly

That they blindly paid any price

To bring an end to terror’s spree

Now challenging economies

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The enemy’s new face was we

As we gave away our rights in the name of security

And everyone was being watched but we didn’t care

Does anyone recall how it used to be

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Now confused how it all started

Or what was original intent

One thing some can still remember

There once was a land of the free

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Oh, I remember it well and I sure miss it. This is a good reminder of what we still have to lose. Love the video too!

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Wow, times have changed since I was a child. However we still have very brave men and women in our military and thank you for honoring them in this hub.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It scares me to think that might happen one day...

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      Diane Minton 4 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Things were so different when I grew up in the 60's Its so hard to accept some of the liberal changes in our country that have come about because we were silent and never spoke up.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      The land of the free, that's where I long to be. Beautiful and thought-provoking poem. Wonderful, as always.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I feel for those too young to not know of what they have missed. I do miss it very much, and as each day passes is it disappearing more and more before our very eyes. Very insightful. God bless you and God bless us all. We must never lose hope and still continue to trust in Him. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Unfortunately, it was also the home of the brave, not the home of the complacent. When rights are taken away, we suffer, as we definitely are doing now. Fear was the tool used continuously. After the attacks, the code yellows and oranges and such were used anytime the public started questioning what was occurring. Now, the Homeland Security and CIA are making the old U.S.S.R. KGB look like Andy of Mayberry. Great poem, mh, I knew it was there inside of you. I'm glad you finally let it out!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Richard is right, and it is true the world over. When rights are violated, freedom is lost! Thanks for sharing, and I share here too.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Mhatter: You have really expressed some important ideas in this poem. This is excellent and I have to agree with you - it is so true. We are our own enemies now - we are giving away our freedoms in the name of national security. We are not holding Wall St. responsible for the reprehensible acts that caused this recession/depression. We, now, are doing this to ourselves. No outside force or terrorists are causing this. You have expressed this idea so eloquently with your words - a soft rebuke of our citizens of the U.S. Well done, well written and well said! Voted up!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      This poem definitely causes mixed emotions. Some may remember the color of the alert, yet here in the San Diego area we saw the barricades go up at all military installations. When they discovered some of the team of terrorists of 9/11 lived and operated in San Diego those colors didn't mean the same thing. We have to consider the London Rail bombings too as being horrific. Just a peek at the FBI annual terrorist activity reports is amazing. One has to decide if truth or not, yet they report both sides of the fence. http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/ter...

      Our local news here includes those being shipped out, which ship is departing, which ship is returning, those who are returning, and those who didn't make it too. Then the national news comes on.

      And our economy is gon'na get a punch in the arm as the Marine base cuts back on personnel by 6,000 or 1/4 of the cutback slated for the Corps. And that doesn't include the Navy base(s) bringing the total Marine force to about 175,000. And some thought they were in the millions.

      Like I said it causes mixed emotions . . .

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Perfect! In the face of our current politics, this is a warm and welcome reminder that it doesn't have to be this way. thank you so much for a great hub and wonderful sentiments!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Sigh..You know how i feel about this topic, M! Thank you for writing this important piece - i will share it everywhere..

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      BRAVO for this masterpiece !

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mhatter, unfortunately, freedom costs in this brave new world of ours. However, I share your frustration and sense of loss when governments use our fear against us. This is different, but none-the-less a great piece of work.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Hauntingly true and its too bad our politicians in Washington can't read this reflective piece. Although, they would probably ignore it for their own benefit just like they do everything else. Otherwise this stirring poem would never had to have been written.

      Sharing and voting up as well.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Now confused how it all started

      Or what was original intent

      One thing some can still remember

      There once was a land of the free

      Great words to close this wonderful poem.

      You are indeed so very talented Mhatter.

      Eddy.

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      Janhorner 4 years ago

      Nice true poem! Yep you hit the nail on the head we are all being...watched! Voted up,

      Jan

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      time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      It's a very sad time in our Nation's history, for sure. Don't think this is what our forefaters had in mind...

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Beautiful. sad and thoughtful. Thanks MH! I love your poems and their deep meaning.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Fantastic reminder of what was lost and great video. Passing this on.

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      Farhat 4 years ago from Delhi

      so thoughtful and deep..its true, we are paying to be slaves !

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