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FREE-D-O-M

FREE- D-O-M


D - O - M

three small letters that came at a cost;


war,

after war,

after war,

in our past.

One of them ends in a nuclear blast,

Wear a poppy each year - ‘lest we forget’ - and yet…


we are still fighting in far distant lands

so it doesn’t seem real – the blood on our hands.


D - O - M

three small letters that came at a cost;


fueled by subjugation,

slavery,

then segregation,

But the man with the dream, which he shared with his nation

wound up dead – a bullet to the head -


in the land of the free – where he made the call,

it was really quite simple – equality for all.


D - O - M

three small letters that came at a cost;


an explosion

on a plane,

in a car,

on a bus

and it rained metal and concrete...


and enough patriotism to fuel a battle fought far away, in a desert of dirt.

But it didn’t end there, now all humanity hurt.


D - O - M

three small letters that came at a cost;


a mother,

a father,

a grandparent lost –

to a disease, allowed to run rife,

by a lack of respect for those older in life...


who needed our care but were left unaware

in a place we called ‘home’ – but they were alone.



D - O - M

three small letters that come at a cost;


a mortgage - bills,

and council tax,

a fifty hour week,

and a credit card maxed,

no rest for us - thrown under the bus...


by Tory MPs who lived without stress, of feeding a family – they clapped our NHS -

to keep their seat warm while the rest of us mourned.


F - R - E - E.

four small letters that allow us to;


wear what we want,

to speak without fear,

to love whom we like

to demonstrate – strike

to be whom-ever we want to be,


four little letters that we take for granted F - R - E - E

FREE - implies something for nothing until you add D-O-M.

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Alison Blevins
Alison Blevins
Feb 24, 2023

Thank you folks for all the positive comments.

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Jes Derry
Jes Derry
Feb 24, 2023

Wow and Wow again. Extremely powerful and I love the form the poem takes. One of my favourites!

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Debbie Dalton
Debbie Dalton
Feb 23, 2023

powerful . when do we learn ?

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Dawson Stafford
Dawson Stafford
Feb 22, 2023

Wow Deep! What price freedom? Love it!

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John Dallison
John Dallison
Feb 21, 2023

A truly powerful and original work! Much there to muse on.

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Alison Blevins
Alison Blevins
Feb 21, 2023
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Thank you John.

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