Recent coffeehouse submissions
- This past Saturday, I participated in a local coffeehouse event. The
poet who read after me said I was a tough act to follow, and I got
enthusiastic applause for "Freedom", as well as the thanks of 4
veterans who heard it. I also got offers to appear by invitation at
other coffeehouse events, and the editor of my college's literary
magazine really wants to publish some of my work.
We've all heard the words
"Freedom isn't free;
It's paid for in the coin of blood",
But what is freedom
When it's just you and me
It isn't flag-waving once or twice a year
With cookouts and parades with a song or three,
Or even fireworks from DC on TV.
It isn't a yellow ribbon on an SUV
Saying "Support Our Troops".
Nor is it war for oil on foreign soil.
Real freedom is different.
It's a feeling of peace and well-being;
It's standing tall in the face of fear.
It's the ability to say what you think
And own what you feel
And do as you will.
It's the ability to agree to disagree
With no hard feelings or injury.
It's maintaining healthy boundaries
In all aspects of life with balance.
It's the respect, support and love
for what is different
While remaining true to you.
This is freedom to me.
So if you choose,
Please thank a vet,
But don't forget:
Love also has a price
That is paid in tears.
7-4-08 All rights reserved.