Freedom has different meanings for everyone.
|A novice soldier, new to foreign sand,
armed with a death machine,
struggles to comprehend reasons.
Why war is essential to this American dream?
A child, age seven, left all alone,
plays ‘Fortnight’, a violent video game.
Skilled victories, adrenaline rush,
help him forget home battles, self blame.
A lonely old man at twenty,
searches for a decent vein.
In a dirty crib, seeking escape,
never free, claimed by deadly chains.
Hope hangs high, dangling
elusive, just out of human reach.
A spiritual climb, tough work for the weak
freedom is cloistered at celestial peaks.
A spark, sunlight under a door,
opened by fevered desire.
For brilliance, perfect vision,
peace, love, quenched human fire.
Freedom has many meanings.
Our dreams, reasons to exist.
Like a beautiful eagle flies regally,
It hovers over earthly mistakes and risks.
Each day is a new chance,
claim our right to make a change.
Walking with honor on this earth,
carve a legacy so indelible footsteps remain.
By Kathie Stehr